Is atheism an emotional crutch?

Some say Christianity is just a crutch. But let’s turn the question on its edge for a moment. Is atheism an emotional crutch, wishful thinking? The ax cuts both ways. Perhaps atheists are rejecting God because they’ve had a bad relationship with their father. Instead of inventing God, have atheists invented non-God? Have they invented atheism to escape some of the frightening implications of God’s existence? Think about it.

Great quote from Greg Koukl, and one which forces us to consider that much of what gives Christians pause in their dealings with atheism is the sheer effrontery and even bad behavior of the New Atheists. It’s helpful to realize that bluster and sass are not substance. Hooting and approving laughter doesn’t mean your verbal foe has said anything at all.

 

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Author: Nick

I’m a pastor, a writer, musician, and recovering lawyer. Blessed to serve the people of Harvest Time Church as Associate Pastor. In my spare time I enjoy losing to my wife in Words With Friends.

6 thoughts on “Is atheism an emotional crutch?”

  1. I personally don’t see it as either. Atheism is simply the lack of a belief in any religion. Intrinsically, I don’t think it can be a crutch. It has no belief system, or promises, or anything like that. It’s a lack of active belief in God, which means that everyone is born an atheist, just as everyone is born not believing in Santa Claus. Atheism wasn’t invented, it was just recognized and given a name.

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    1. Hi Aaron, I think atheism definitely does have a belief system. To define it as a lack of belief in a deity is to ignore the fact that atheism in our society is also a stance, a posture, as much as it is anything else.

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      1. There’s nothing else to take into consideration, that is what atheism literally is. “A” as a prefix meaning not or without, in front of “theism”: the belief in the existence of a god.
        I can throw all sorts of definitions at you, but I’m sure I don’t have to explain the linguistics of it to you. If there is a belief system, then what is it?

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  2. Why? Where does that come from? I believe that one does not need a god. But another atheist is free to believe that one does need a god. What’s stopping them? An atheist doesn’t have to believe in any one particular thing. Because atheism doesn’t have some holy book that tells them to. Atheism isn’t a religion.

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  3. Atheism in and of itself is not a religion. However, there is a secular movement taking place that promulgates atheism. There is a difference between those who are apathetic, like yourself, and those who proactively seek to denounce and discredit religion for whatever means it serves them. Indeed, there is a cult-like Atheistic Movement emerging in the bedrock of The Western World and its influence can be attributed to a myriad of societal forces.

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