Why atheism is nonsense : Sam Harris is right on free will , Daniel C Dennett is deluded on the matter.

”  In the beginning  God created  the heavens  and  the earth”

….. Genesis 1:1….

Understanding  the  implications  which flow  from this sublime statement  reveals  why atheism is  utter  nonsense  and  the scriptures  can correctly  say  in Psalm 14 :1 :

” the fool  has  said  in his  heart  there  is  no  God”

Anyone  who  says  that  there  is  no  God  is  of  necessity  a  fool  for  without God  and  the supernatural  it  is  impossible  to  define  a  concept  of  truth ,  free will  or  morality (what one ought to do)  i.e  the  existence  of  the  supernatural  is  an  absolute requirement if  the  concepts  of  truth, free  will  and  morality are to be  valid.

The reason is simple.  If  there  is no supernatural human  beings  are  fully  determined  by  the matter  within their  bodies,  the laws  of  physics  and  the events which have  occurred  prior  to  the  moment  the human is  in.

Human  consciousness (thoughts) would  be  wholly  produced  by  the above 

Most  of  us  today  hold  that  we  are  a  human person who reasons  and  thinks  and  holds  to certain  truths –  the  “ghost  in the machine  concept”.

This  concept  would  be  false  and  the exact opposite  of  what would  obtain.  

Without  the  supernatural  our  thoughts , wholly  produced  by  the  chemical reactions  in our  brains , would be  the first  phenomenon .  These  thoughts  will  then produce  the  epiphenomenon  of  our consciousness i.e   the  awareness  of  self  which defines  us  and our  believes.

We have  no control  over  any of  the three components  which determine our  thoughts  i.e  the matter within their bodies, the laws of physics and the events which have  occurred prior to the moment we are in.

Within naturalism / atheism therefore humans  are  fully  determined  –  much like  a rock  is  fully  determined only  we  are  more  complex .  

We can  therefore  have  no valid  concept  of  truth ,  free will   or  morality.

Truth , free  will  and  morality  can only  be  valid  concepts  if human beings  have  a component which allows  us  to function independent  of  matter  and  the laws  of  physics  i.e  independent of  the natural in arriving  at  truth, defining  morality  and  having  the free  will  to pursue both.

See an extract  from Sam Harris’  and  Daniel  Dennett’s discussions  on free will  below. 

xxxxx  ENDS  xxxxx


Reflections on FREE WILL
A Review by Daniel C. Dennett


Daniel Dennett and I agree about many things, but we do not agree about free will. Dan has been threatening to set me straight on this topic for several years now, and I have always encouraged him to do so, preferably in public and in writing. He has finally produced a review of my book Free Will that is nearly as long as the book itself. I am grateful to Dan for taking the time to engage me this fully, and I will respond in the coming weeks.—SH
Daniel C. Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of Breaking the Spell, Freedom Evolves, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Consciousness Explained, and many other books. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. His latest book, written with Linda LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind.
This essay was first published at Naturalism.org and has been crossposted here with permission.

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