Atheism and musical–rhythmic intelligence and artistic intelligence

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Autumn foliage is one of the many of examples of beauty in God's creation. See also: Argument from beauty

Howard Gardner at Harvard University has identified various distinct intelligences: interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, musical–rhythmic, bodily–kinesthetic, and naturalistic.[1] See: Theory of multiple intelligences and Atheism and the theory of multiple intelligences

In contrast to the atheist movement, Christians and other religious faiths historically are prolific in terms of producing musical/art works related to their faith/worldview and many great works have been produced over the centuries (See: Atheist art and Atheist music).

Atheism has a poor track record in terms of creating art/music about atheism

Stain glass depiction of the Apostle John Ritualistic atheists find beauty in certain religious traditions, symbols or rituals.[2] See: Atheists and church attendance

See also: Atheist art and Atheist music

Despite atheism being around since at least ancient Greece, there has not been a strong tradition of creating musical and artistic works related to atheism. Musical/artistic talent can be enhanced through practice and the atheist creed of "there is no God" is not an inspiring creed that produces a significant amount of music/art. For example, despite Wikipedia being founded by an atheist and an agnostic, there are no articles specifically devoted to the topics of atheist art and atheist music at Wikipedia, but Wikipedia does have articles devoted specifically to Christian art and Christian music.

Atheism is an unnecessarily limiting view and intellectually ungratifying/uninteresting (see: Atheism and inspiration). Accordingly, it is not worldview which inspires great art/music.

Also, since atheism is an intangible concept that lacks proof and evidence in terms of its legitimacy, it is more difficult for artists to create works on atheism.

In addition, another reason why there are so few artistic/musical works on atheism is that while Christianity has many heroic figures/martyrs who led exemplary lives to create works of art/music around, the atheist community is filled with rogues and cowards (see: Atheism and moral intelligence and Atheism and cowardice).

Furthermore, theologically conservative Christians believe in the existence of objective beauty whereas atheists commonly reject the existence of objective beauty. See: Argument from beauty

The Christian Post reported:

In a new study of the various types of nonbelievers, researchers from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga say "one of the most interesting and unexpected" types they examined is the "ritual" atheist or agnostic, who finds some value in religious teachings and practices.

Those who fall into this category, according to the researchers, are nonbelievers who may have a philosophical appreciation for certain religious teachings, who like being part of a community, who want to stay in touch with their ethnic identity or who simply find beauty in certain religious traditions, symbols or rituals.

"The implication of this particular typology is that you could be sitting next to somebody in church right now who may, in fact, not buy into the theology that the rest of the congregation buys into," said principal researcher Christopher F. Silver in an interview with The Christian Post.[3]

See also: Atheists and church attendance

Atheism, open-mindedness and artistic inspiration

See also: Atheism and open-mindedness and Atheism and dogmatism and Atheism and intolerance and Atheism and groupthink and Atheism and inspiration

The artist Nick Cave declared: "An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany."[4]

Open-mindedness is important when it comes to creativity. For example, the creativity involved in creating original and inspiring art.

Research indicates that atheists have less open-mindedness (see: Atheism and open-mindedness).

Atheism and a lack of appreciation for the beauty of the human body

See also: Atheism and a lack of appreciation for the beauty of the human body and Argument from beauty

Kim Il Sung was a communist dictator and an obese atheist who died of a heart attack.[5] See also: Atheism and obesity

Christians and other theists have produced great works of art such as statues and paintings that depicted the beauty of the human body. The Bible teaches that God formed the first man and woman and that his original creation was "very good".[6]

The psalmist David wrote: "One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple."(Psalm 27:4). The fall of man caused death, disease and suffering to enter into the world. The Bible also declares that Sarah, Abraham's wife, had both inner and outer beauty.[7] The Song of Solomon features two lovers who tell each other how beautiful they are.

On the other hand, a significant amount of atheists lack an appreciation for the importance of maintaining good health and for keeping up a presentable appearance unencumbered by excess weight.

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Very religious more likely to practice healthy behaviors

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[8] Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.[9][10]

Skepticon 7 conference and a request for artists

In 2014, the Skepticon 7 conference indicated that is was looking for artists. However, given the bland/boring nature of atheism, no requests for artists to depict atheism were requested. Instead, the request for artists was for the Skepticon Planetary Science Art Show and the request indicated: "The art HAS to have something to do with the science of planets or the cosmos."[11]

The author John Updike wrote: "Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic un-interestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?" [12]

Atheist worldview, nature and futility

See also: Hopelessness of atheism and Atheist worldview, nature and futility

Yachounomori Garden, Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan. Even in atheistic Japan, researchers found that Japanese children see the world as designed.[13]

Although Bertrand Russell was an agnostic, he had favorable views towards atheism.[14] Bertrand Russell wrote in 1903 about entropy and the universe:

That man is the product of causes that had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins- all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand.

"Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding dispair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely built." [15]

See also: Hopelessness of atheism and Second law of thermodynamics and Fall of man

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