Morality is about doing good regardless of what you’re told. Religion is doing what you’re told, regardless of right or wrong.
Check that link, a poorly-substantiated manifesto on why this Graham dude says he will never be an atheist. (Some manifesto… starting your nonsense with “I shall” instead of “I will”… it’s like you have no convictions at all.) - let me back him up with point by point refutation. Might as well call this my (or any atheists) reason on why we are non-believers:
1.- I shall not be an atheist because something doesn’t come from nothing.
and if something can’t come from nothing. what comes before that something? What if that something cannot be created? There’s also no good reason to believe that something is, for your convenience, the christian god. You need to learn that the current cosmological theories of the origin of the universe no longer uses the “something from nothing” arguments. There are already new theories that prove the universe has eternally existed and was never created. If there is an uncreated beginning, - for honesty’s sake, say “we don’t know yet”, instead of pretending to know everything (or rather, you’d like to retrofit the idea into your personal belief) and say it’s “god”.
2.- I shall not be an atheist because there is no way such harmony, order and perfection could exist in the universe without an intelligent mind behind it all.
Because you don’t know how the universe works. The nature of probabilities, fallacy of teleological thinking, and how molecules behave. I do, that’s why I’m an atheist.
3.- I shall not be an atheist because a mere chance explosion cannot explain how the structure of my brain is able to understand the laws pertaining to the universe’s harmony, order and perfection.
A mere chance explosion cannot explain your brain? And if it does, that wouldn’t mean god anyway. First, you need to know how the brain works. And if one day we know how electrical signals, chemicals, connectomes, and neural connections functions to develop our conciousness - it’s never god. Explanations and discoveries will never be god.
4.- I shall not be an atheist because I am much more than a rational bio-chemical machine. I am full of love, desire and hope. And I also recognize beauty when I see it.
Guess who’s also more than a rational bio-chemical machine, full of love, desire and hope. And I also recognize beauty when they see it —- Atheists like me. Implying in this statement that people who are not Christians like you are inferior and incapable of love makes you a jerk; even a dog who doesn’t believe in god have loyalty, can feel love, and empathy.
5.- I shall not be an atheist because I have a moral conscience. I can tell the difference between good and evil. I believe in objective moral values.
Morality, which most sane atheists practises anyway - is doing what is good for the sake of doing good to others, regardless of what you’re told. Religious “morality” on the other hand, is doing things that your holy book/pastor/doctrine has told you - regardless whether it’s good or not. Christians have morals? From what, the Bible? The same bible with Deuteronomy 25:11, Psalm 137:9, 1 Tim 2:12 (several more, etc.) - all malevolent, absurd, and disturbing behaviours promoted or commanded for you to do? Where’s your morality now?
6.- I shall not be an atheist because every tribe and tongue on the face of the earth has a religious consciousness and the idea of a transcendent (or supreme) something or someone.
Not every tribe and tongue on the face of the earth has a religious consciousness. At least, not theism. Buddhists are not theists. The tribe of the Piraha of the Amazon (where ex-pastor atheist Daniel Everett tried to preach) where a tribe of atheist - their whole system of thinking does not constitute of a creation myth, that’s why pastors and the like looked like idiots when trying to preach to them - the tribe found their preaching ridiculous.
7.- I shall not be an atheist because I whole heartedly believe my life has a purpose and a meaning.
As an atheist, my life has purpose and meaning because I give my life purpose and meaning, I have talent in which I attain my career, and I have love ones I protect and nurture. (Religious people assume too much and think they have it all). The purpose of my life is mine to decide, I am not a mindless sheep who is helpless without someone else telling me what to do with my life.
8.- I shall not be an atheist because although I am imperfect, I have the idea of an insuperable perfect being within me. Such a sublime concept cannot stem from little old me.
A perfect being within you? Well, regardless of your opinion, we are we, you are you, and I am me. There is no “being within me”, my strength comes from me. Religious thinking is quite nonsensical with this quote..
9.- I shall not be an atheist because the fruits of practical atheism are- for the most part- ugly, wicked and downright perverted. And much of intellectual atheism is nothing more than an exercise in insoluble contradiction(s).
Contradictory, my atheism gave me enlightenment through open knowledge, my happiness and endurance with the lack of false-hope from religion, and see beauty in reality from the wonders of Scientific discoveries. Ugly? Why you. Tell that to me when your religion can claim that it didn’t torture and kill intellectuals for the harmless sin of “heresy” (a.k.a., we’ll kill you because your new scientific ideas will destroy long held beliefs the earth is the centre of the universe); tell that to me when your religion can claim it has not killed indigenous people with their brutal inquisitions. Yeah, talk about UGLY.
10.- I shall not be an atheist because the Holy Spirit abides within me. I know God’s alive. I spoke to Him only five minutes ago.
Well, I’m not delusional to have a make-believe stuff like “holy spirit" causing me to be in a state of epileptic-like trance. That doesn’t even make any sense.
Here, I also put it on myself to correct your dog-shaming-like selfie:
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