Does atheism lead to nihilism?
In his essay, Where are the honest atheists? Damon Linker has the following paragraph:
"If atheism is true, it is far from being good news. Learning that we're alone in the universe, that no one hears or answers our prayers, that humanity is entirely the product of random events, that we have no more intrinsic dignity than non-human and even non-animate clumps of matter, that we face certain annihilation in death, that our sufferings are ultimately pointless, that our lives and loves do not at all matter in a larger sense, that those who commit horrific evils and elude human punishment get away with their crimes scot free — all of this (and much more) is utterly tragic."
This is a common criticism of atheism. Is there anything to this criticism?
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Revisionist History is a Podcast by Malcolm Gladwell. Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.
We will discuss this podcast: http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/16-the-king-of-tears
The King of Tears