Science says atheists don’t exist, they just choose a different Ultimate Value than others. The god that I hear militant fundamentalist atheists rail against is a big old dude, riding on the clouds with his finger poised over the “Smite” button.
They don’t like him. I don’t either. This is the old sky god that has been a popular metaphor at various junctions of human history: Thor or Zeus hurling thunderbolts-you’d better follow the rules or you’re toast!
You might recognize this sky god even among “Christians” who prefer obedience to love, like old John Calvin and his sadly deluded followers at Westboro Baptist Church.
What scientists say is that the human brain is hardwired to believe stuff. We all believe many things and very few, if any, of those things are ‘provable.’ Some things, we decide, are more probable than others, that’s all.
To say that a thing is not real because it cannot be measured by human senses (even with human-invented instruments) is absurd. Were germs, infrared and ultraviolet light not real until we could measure them? Could there be other things that are real that we cannot yet measure scientifically? Obviously, yes. Could there be some things that are real that we may never be able to measure scientifically? Scary thought? Relax and accept that we don’t know everything and that’s O.K.
We all choose an Ultimate Value: Love, truth, beauty, nature, God-something. If we choose God, to think of him we pick a metaphor, as cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains in the video below:
1) Father, protector, shepherd, nurturer
2) The Ultimate Everything: Ultimate Love, truth, beauty…
3) Source: We didn’t make our life and the good things in life, the source did.
4) Nature: Spinoza, who was accused of atheism, said God is, in fact, all that exists. Einstein said his was the God of Spinoza.
If you like science, watch the Lakoff interview below, conducted by an Enlightenment atheist, who bases his beliefs, he thinks, on the certainties of science.