Reading Atheist literature and websites would lead one to think that the only rational philosophy is that of Atheism. This is because all the Atheist literature and websites say exactly that. However, not one of the major players in the Atheist “brotherhood”, as they call themselves now, presents any more than a case against theism. Atheism is the default, and is never argued by itself.
Now, theism is easy to defeat, if all you do is insist upon a face-to-face with God, or demand that a reasonable God would do it your way, or demand empirical proof of his existence. And that is the Atheist approach. Much energy is wasted by both theists and atheists in trying to prove or disprove theism. But what is truly demanded of a reasoning person, especially a reasoning Atheist?
Well, for starters any reasoning person with a belief system should be able to give a reasoned explanation and defense of it. Atheism is no different. Some will say that atheism is just a “lack of belief in God”. But others will say that it is much more than that. So what is it?
As an Atheist for 40 years, I noticed that there is not just a wide variety of Atheist positions, but there exists an actual battle between certain Atheist factions. I determined to expand my previously feeble knowledge of the subject, and to analyze what I found to be the positions of my fellow Atheists, using only the principles of logic and rational thought.
But this exposes a fundamental problem; what exactly are the principles of logic and rational thought? Every piece of literature and website acclaiming Atheism also acclaims reason and rational thought. But not one that I have ever found has given a complete, encapsulated concept of that which reason and rational thought consist. So the first job is to do just that, and I have done so.
The first book is a “Handbook of Logic and Rational Thought”. Many will think that this is just review, that they know all this; however, it is now clear to me that not everyone agrees about just what qualifies as “rational”. This disagreement is one of the Atheist areas of conflict that will be highlighted later. For now, the rules and tools in the Handbook will be taken as valid for logically and rationally analyzing Atheism.
The second book contains the underlying principles that pertain to the various Atheist segments, and an analysis of those principles using the rules and tools in the first book, the “Handbook of Logic and Rational Thought”.
A third book is underway, which will document the new Atheism from the Inquisition, through the Enlightenment, up to the 21st Century.
To paraphrase Richard Dawkins, a reasoning person must follow logic and rational thought to the conclusion, regardless of where that journey takes him. And to paraphrase Socrates, the fully, logically, rationally examined life…well, it’s definitely worth living, as we shall see.