An honest atheist
Is it possible that most atheists reject God’s existence not because they lack evidence for God but because of inner revulsion to the thought of such a being? I mean, who wants to answer to God?
Is atheism a kind of mental exercise in wish-fulfillment? Some atheists would like us to believe that there is simply too much evidence against God. They mock God with silly little comparisons to Santa Clause and Easter Bunnies. Lacking the ability to offer substantive responses, they resort to demeaning labels and name calling (just read Dawkins). Or, through a philosophical abuse of evolutionary science, they postulate things they could only know by faith.
After years of interacting with atheists, I suspect deeper reasons for their rejection of God. Allow one honest atheist to explain:
“In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper–namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind. Darwin enabled modern secular culture to heave a great collective sigh of relief, by apparently providing a way to eliminate purpose, meaning and design as fundamental features of the world” (New York University philosopher, Thomas Nagel, “The Last Word”).
“In truth, many academics are naturalists or atheists as much or more on the basis of such wish fulfillment as they are on the basis of any reasoning or evidence.” (Dr. Michael Murray). Conversely, “Perhaps a God really does actually exist, and many humans–especially those not blinded by the reigning narratives of modern science and academia–feel a recurrent and deeply compelling ‘built-in’ desire to know and worship, in their various ways, the God who is there” (Christian Smith, “Moral, Believing Animals”).
Jesus exposed the true motives of those who reject God when he said, “God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed” (John 3:19-20).
Consider Nagel’s analysis of the “yearning for cosmic reconciliation that has been part of the philosophical impulse” and his recommendation of “a non-religious teleology.” Nagel aspires to answer the question: “Can one bring into one’s individual life a full recognition of one’s relation to the universe as a whole?”