Saturday, May 17, 2008


"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning. . ."

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Kayla said...

Ah, good 'ole Lewis.

Although, when I was an atheist, I think I would have disagreed with the statement "the whole universe has no meaning." Instead, I would have said there was but one meaning: to live and to survive, to out-live and out-survive others.

ACEGC said...

(Devil's advocate hat)

Doesn't that beg the question of why you should do those things? What good is it to live, what good is it to survive, what good is it to do this better than others, and even more important--what is your standard for measuring goodness? How do you know you're doing better than others? It's sort of implied by Aquinas' argument ex gradu (one of my favorites!). Ain't Aquinas grand?

(Devil's advocate hat off).

Kayla said...

Indeed. What good is it to live? Because that is all you know and all that you can know. To live. To eat. To survive. The only 'good' for doing this 'better' than others is that you live longer than they: you survive and they do not. There is no standard past mere survival. You live. They die. There is no good, no evil. The only good is continuing to live and the only evil is yourself dying. All else is mere folly.

((Ahhh, how I remember these arguments. I do have some bit of fondness for them, even if I no longer hold them. But I can still argue them to the depths.))