“Atheism Doesn’t Offer Hope”

I found the following nonsense coming out of Capturing Christianity on his social media platforms:

Atheism doesn’t offer hope in the face of suffering. Christianity does.

This is the kind of crap I would expect out of a child, so let me be blunt here. So what? How is this anything more than an appeal to consequences fallacy? What does the hope that a belief offers you tell you about whether the belief is true? Does Cameron really believe it is a sound epistemology to believe what gives you hope?

If I was to ask a drunk if they’re happy, I’m sure many of them would tell me that they are (at least while they’re intoxicated.) Should I, as a result of this, keep myself in a drunken stupor, and ignore the reality of my liver? I don’t think my life would be made better by being drunk all the time, and in the same way I don’t see that my life is made better by accepting a proposition because it offers me some kind of hope.

To believe our lives are better by embracing happy thoughts, rather than the truth, is childish at best. It’s like believing that the problems of the world go away by pulling the wool over your own eyes. Reality doesn’t care about what makes you happy. Grow up, and learn to deal with reality.

3 thoughts on ““Atheism Doesn’t Offer Hope””

  1. The desire for life to get better or be fulfilling is hope being the lowest level of the awakening state.
The next step is developing a faith that your hope will produce results. The churches promise hope eternal which is a state of stagnation, and through faith you find contentment. 
Finally though, there is knowing. Knowing comes from applying faith and achieving the desired results.
We are currently screwed. Forever stuck in faith—no evidence—no desired outcomes—merely a false sense of smug entitlement while the world still fights over who has the best model of hope, which is right back where we started.
    Writers like this remind me of my kids after a couple weeks of karate lessons, really think they got it going. The churches convince you this is it, you’ve arrived by faith—and now the glorious wait that never arrives.

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