• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With reference to other aspects of human experience explore the claim that atheism is without foundation. Justify your answer

Extracts from this document...


Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐With reference to other aspects of human experience explore the claim that atheism is without foundation. Justify your answer. (15) Many would agree with the premise that atheism is without foundation. You could even say it was the majority position of mankind, as 84% of the world are religious. Atheism can be defined as, ?the position that there are no deities.? Therefore the atheist must rely on other sources such as science to explain the universe. Many theists consider this to be logically bankrupt due to the many strong arguments that explain the existence of God, such as the arguments outlined by Aquinas. ...read more.


Dawkins countered this argument by claiming that he cannot prove the flying spaghetti monster does not exist, but any logical person does not believe that he exists. However this presents a faulty analogy by likening the almighty creator God to an aspect of his creation. Many notable atheists have converted to theism just by thinking logically. Notable examples of this would include Antony Flew and Lee Strobel. Flew died in 2010 and for most of the latter half of the twentieth century he was an outspoken critic of theism. The main argument that converted him was the teleological argument. He realised that atheism could not account for the existence of the universe and believed that the atheist counter-arguments were insufficient, especially Dawkin?s The God Delusion. ...read more.


God was wildly involved with mankind in the Old Testament: striking down enemies, physically appearing to people and making animals speak. This sort of immediate involvement appears to have ceased. It?s ironic that these miracles all happened before the advent of video cameras. Many would argue that atheism is the default position of mankind, and it is only through childhood indoctrination that people become theists. Religions are founded for many corrupt reasons, such as desire for money and power. For example, Scientology was only invented in 1953 and a quote often attributed to L Ron Hubbard is, ?The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion.? Therefore it is hypocritical of theists to criticise the foundation of atheism when their own religious foundations can be very dubious. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Philosophy essays

  1. Sartre is a very strong proponent of strong determinism, that is, he does not ...

    Human behavior, they would say, is the result of human volition. Any human choice cannot be explained fully in terms of cause and effect. In fact, it is simply an unfair question to ask why desire occurs. For lack of any better explanation, they simply are, and come to be in an almost random manner.

  2. How might we combat the Gettier Problem? In giving your answer set forth two ...

    open the lock and it is still true that the key will open that lock. Therefore John has the a true, justified belief that the key will open the door to his home, thus it would be right to say John has knowledge as he has satisfied all the necessary conditions of truth according to the tripartite definition.

  1. With reference to other aspects of human experience, explore the view that suffering is ...

    It is understandable why God would permit some suffering, but mass genocide can cause even the most devout of believers to doubt. In terms of freedom, Adam and Eve had freedom in the Garden of Evil before suffering was introduced; therefore it is not necessary.

  2. Evaluate the claim that corporate religious experience is no more than an illusion

    At these rallies, when the pastor touches a member of the flock (although touching isn?t always necessary), the person collapses, seems to have a seizure and sometimes speaks in tongues. However, it may be argued that these actions are the result of peer pressure, since some may fear that if

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work