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IMichael A, Ding­wall must say that I get more than a few belly laughs when peo­ple try to make fun of my own athe­ism. Ev­ery now and again I am re­minded that since I am an athe­ist, I can­not pos­si­bly have any sense of di­rec­tion or any morals. I es­pe­cially get this tickle from Chris­tians and other the­ists. How­ever, I have a lit­tle shocker for them: as­sum­ing that god ex­ists, he is him­self an athe­ist!

Let me try and ex­plain who an athe­ist is, as I un­der­stand it: an athe­ist is some­one who be­lieves in no power greater than him­self. An athe­ist be­lieves he must take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions and act ac­cord­ingly. Now, as far as I can see, this is ex­actly what god is. Don’t be­lieve me?

Chris­tians say that athe­ists like me are mis­guided be­cause I don’t have a god to guide me. How­ever, what of god – who or what guides him? God, as he has al­ways been pre­sented to me, does not look up to any­one for guid­ance. As far as he is con­cerned, he is the mas­ter of his own des­tiny. This at­tribute of god is a fun­da­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tic of athe­ism. Athe­ists don’t be­lieve that any­thing or any­one should be wor­shiped in the sense un­der­stood by Chris­tians and other the­ists. That would be con­trary to the be­lief of the true athe­ist in the ca­pac­ity of his own abil­i­ties. God doesn’t wor­ship any­thing ei­ther, as that too, would be con­trary to his be­lief in the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of his own abil­i­ties. Again, this is pure athe­ism.

Athe­ists like me are al­ways damned as be­ing amoral – that is, we are un­able to make moral choices. Chris­tians al­ways boast that as their own moral de­ci­sions are guided by a supreme be­ing, namely god, theirs must be bet­ter. How­ever, what is guiding god’s own moral de­ci­sions? The an­swer to this will shock most the­ists. Con­trary to what many may think, moral­ity has very lit­tle to do with ethics. All moral de­ci­sions are guided by one con­sid­er­a­tion only – the ad­van­tages of its ex­e­cu­tion. We athe­ists are al­ways damned for think­ing this way, yet god can only op­er­ate with this ba­sic athe­is­tic prin­ci­ple. Maybe an ex­am­ple would clear up this point.

As­sum­ing that the bi­ble is com­pletely true, let us con­sider what god did to the Egyp­tians when they tried to stop the He­brews cross­ing the Red Sea. No­tice that the allpow­er­ful god had the en­tire Egyptian army wiped out? Now, you may ask, why didn’t he just use his pow­ers to lev­i­tate the Egyptian sol­diers to some­where else far away, in­stead of killing them?

It seems clear to me that god wanted to make sure that peo­ple would un­der­stand that it was he who stopped the Egyp­tians. Mov­ing them to an­other place, or al­low­ing them to live in­stead of wip­ing them out would have never made the type of im­pres­sion in the minds of peo­ple that god was at work here. Here, it is the most ben­e­fit to be had that guided god’s act, and not the ethics of the act. Again, this is pure athe­ism.

So when­ever I am be­ing damned for my athe­is­tic stance, I can take com­fort for two rea­sons. First, god him­self is an athe­ist, and as such I am in good com­pany, and sec­ond, if Chris­tians see god as su­pe­rior, I can only imag­ine what that makes me! Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP) per capita should weaken labour de­mand and, there­fore, the cre­ation of salaried em­ploy­ment. For that rea­son, a decline in the re­gion’s ur­ban em­ploy­ment rate—which refers to the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the em­ployed pop­u­la­tion and the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple who are of work­ing age—is fore­cast for a third con­sec­u­tive year.

Learn­ing to co­ex­ist: is it

a mat­ter of faith?

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