Reading this slogan, I could not help but notice the desperation in the New atheists worldview.
1. There is Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life
In Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ(1968), Friedrich Nietzsche’s understood the implication of the death of God to societies’ moral landscape . He argued Morality “has truth only if God is the truth – it stands or falls with faith in God”(p.70). To Nietzche, If God did not exist, then moral facts did not exist neither.
Michael Ruse and Edward O. Wilson agrees that “ethics as we understand it is an illusion fobbed off on us by our genes in order to get us to cooperate”(The evolution of ethics, New Scientist 17 p.108-28,1989)
If God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist. If this is true, should I stop worrying and start enjoying my life? No! I am to start worrying because the death of God unleashes a morally dangerous society, where murder, rape, stealing, e.t.c would not really be wrong(just pitiless indifference).
This Godless society were “some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice.” If God does not exist then ” The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is , at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but pitiless indifference”, borrowing words from Richard Dawkins. Is this society which New atheist want us to stop worrying and start enjoying my life?
If God does not exist, I ought start worrying.
2. Boy! Oh Boy! Albert Einstein Quote
When I read Einstein’s quote used to promote a poor slogan, I could not help but notice a cheap scores tactics namely ” we are with the good guys”(Religion-bad-vs-Science-good), false dilemma.
What would Einstein say if he was alive to the New Atheists quoting him? Well in his time, he said:
“In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”
(Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein, Towards the Further Shore: An Autobiography (Victor Gollancz, London, 1968), p. 156.)
“I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”
G. S. Viereck, Glimpses of the Great (Macauley, New York, 1930), quoted by D. Brian, Einstein: A Life , p. 186.)
Einstein believed in an infinite, necessary and uncaused, indivisible God. The God whom Baruch Spinoza(1632-1677) believed.
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”
Cable reply to Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein’s (Institutional Synagogue in New York) question to Einstein, “Do you believe in God?”
Albert did not believe(rejected) in personal God as Christians do, due to the problem of evil and suffering. But folks, using Einstein to promote Atheism is simply “desperation”.
N.B: Objective morality hangs or falls on Existence of God. Many atheists get it wrong thinking that objective moral depend on faith in God.
Faith in God is not necessary for one to be moral.