Atheism and truth

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atheism
Portrait of Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (1723 - 1789) was an early advocate of atheism in Europe.

Atheism, as defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and other philosophy reference works, is the denial of the existence of God.[1]

Dr. Joseph Thomas Kennedy declared:

The truth of God's existence is the benchmark from which all landmark's are located. The truth of God's existence is the foundation on which all truth rests. God existed before evil existed, and God will exist after evil is annihilated. To deny the existence of God is an act of insanity so severe that God says that person is a fool (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).[2]

Unlike Christianity, which is supported by a large body of sound evidence, atheism has no proof and evidence supporting its ideology (see: Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism).

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Atheism and epistemology

A common and legitimate criticism of the atheist worldview is that atheism is irrational.[3]

Atheism provides no ultimate starting point for knowledge.[4] In addition, atheism lacks proof and evidence that it is a valid worldview (see: Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism). For more information, please see: Atheism and epistemology

Atheism and irrationality

See also: Atheism and irrationality

A common and legitimate criticism of the atheist worldview is that atheism is irrational.[5] In short, atheism is a fundamentally incoherent worldview with a number of inconsistencies.[6]

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Atheism and debate

Richard Dawkins
The Oxford University Professor Daniel Came wrote to the New Atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins:: "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[7]

See also: Atheism and debate

In relation to atheism debates, although atheists commonly claim there are reasonable arguments for atheism, the quality of atheist debate has been quite poor from the proponents of atheism. See: Rebuttals to atheist arguments and Atheism debates

In addition, prominent atheists and evolutionists have established a reputation of dodging debates (see: Atheism and cowardice). For example, in 2012 both the weak atheist/agnostic Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Society dodged debates with Dr. William Lane Craig. Also, due to Christian creationists generally winning creation vs. evolution debates in the 1970's and 1980's atheists tend to dodge creation vs. evolution debates. Richard Dawkins has established a reputation of avoiding his strongest debate opponents.

The cowardice associated with atheism has become so obvious that it is making newspaper headlines.[8] On May 14, 2011, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a news story entitled Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God.[9] In The Daily Telegraph article Dr. Daniel Came, a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University was quoted as writing to Richard Dawkins concerning his refusal to debate Dr. William Lane Craig, "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[10]

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  1. Multiple references:
  2. Quote of the Christian creationist Dr. Joseph Thomas Kennedy
  3. Atheism by Matt Slick
  4. The Epistemological Argument against Atheism
  5. Atheism by Matt Slick
  6. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011
  7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8511931/Richard-Dawkins-accused-of-cowardice-for-refusing-to-debate-existence-of-God.html
  8. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011