The Merits of Atheism

                                 The Merits of Atheism



While there are many forms and varieties of atheism, for example, technically an atheist can believe in ghosts and supernatural phenomena without believing in god (which is preposterous, but nevertheless possible), this essay focuses on material atheism or natural atheism (the denial of all metaphysical objects in general.) That all that exists is matter and its various combinations.

The purest and simplest virtue of atheism, is that it is most likely the best perspective for comprehending the universe and material phenomena in general. Spiritual beliefs, especially belief in god, tends to cloud rational perception of the physical world and therefore inhibits scientific inquiry. For whatever reason, faith in god seems to clash most harshly with understandings of biological evolution, whether or not this is merely due to excessive public attention on the issue, or there is some inherent natural conflict between the two is not entirely clear. Perhaps it stems from beliefs in higher purposes which often run concomitant with faith in god and the lack of any special hierarchical or teleological significance for humanity with in the context of evolution.

Also, with the lack of divine judgment, punishment or fear of god, the idea of doing good “for its own sake,” which is likely the highest moral cause or motivation, seems itself much clearer and easier to grasp within the framework of atheism than it does in vibrant and spiritually alive religious belief system.