Is The Denial Of God Anti-Intellectual?

Here is my definition of anti-intellectual:  opposing or indifferent to an intellectual approach; basing an opinion on personal presuppositions and/or emotion, rather than on reason.

The rejection of the idea of God is based on an unproven, irrational presupposition — the view that nothing exists but the material world, matter and energy.  However, those who deny God don’t live their lives as if the material world is all there is.  Instead they embrace many non-material realities.  They seek justice.  They demand human rights.  They express love.  They speak up for ethics and morality.  They act like they have free will and demand choice.  They think and reason.  All of these behaviors belie their presupposed belief that there is nothing beyond material existence and show them to be anti-intellectual. 

When rationality encounters an effect, it seeks the cause.  However, rejecting God embraces the irrational concept that there was an event without a cause, in other words, nothing produced something.   

Much atheism is based on emotion rather than reason.  I recently read part of a book that blatantly attacks belief in God (The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins).  It is by a man who presents himself as an intellectual and a scientist, so I was expecting his book to be filled with reasoning and scientific ideas. However, I was shocked.  His arguments against God are not based primarily on science and reason but on personal opinion, emotion, and his disapproval of religion and religious behavior.

For example, he uses the fact that religious organizations have supported the killing of innocent human beings, as an argument to deny God.  This is anti-intellectual.  The behavior of self-proclaimed religious people has nothing to do with the existence of God.  Besides that, this author is inconsistent in his arguments (which is also anti-intellectual).  He ignores the fact that in the 20th Century, atheistic governments killed an estimated 20 million people (which is probably far more people than have ever been killed in the name of religion).

This author also misquotes a John Adams letter to Thomas Jefferson.  The letter reads:  “Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion at all!!!‘ But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.”  In this quote, Adams is saying that religion is important and necessary.  However, Dawkins puts only the words in parenthesis in his book and dishonestly writes that Adams was against religion.  So why does he feel the need to be anti-intellectual in order to argue against God?

Intellectuals throughout history, from ancient Greek philosophers to many present day scientists, have recognized that honest logic leads to some kind of creator.  It is anti-intellectual not to acknowledge that fact.

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I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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30 Responses to Is The Denial Of God Anti-Intellectual?

  1. sherwood8028 says:

    The sad part of the life of the atheist and others who deny God by the way they live their lives is the fact, they have no one in whom they can trust their lives. They live in a vacuum that offers no reason for them to have the deep and abiding relationships that love – the kind of love that would cause our Lord to offer up His life for our transgressions. He was not duty bound to love, it was His nature to love. And when we move from the darkness of unbelief into the realm where truth prevails, we find ourseves being transformed from glory unto glory.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for the comment, sherwood. Reason is one reason to believe in God. Pragmatism is another. However, both of those promote an impersonal belief in God. For me, the greatest argument for God is in personally experiencing Him. Like Peter and John said to those who were persecuting them: “We cannot help but speak about the things that we have seen and heard.”

  2. randy says:

    Praise Chaos. The true creator!!! greek religion has been around before Judaism

    You christians are being just as emotional and irrational as atheists.

    we will know nothing until we die

    Words from an agnostic.

    ” If you talk to god, your religious. If he talks back your crazy”

    Which religion is the true one? The one you practice of course! All others are wrong

    is there one god or multiple gods?

    prove it

    Agnostics are not miserable. and neither are atheists

    sterotyping? eh

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for your comment, randy. May I suggest that you use the scientific method and test your theory about chaos. Create life free chaos in a lab. Then set back, watch and wait. Will that chaos every produce anything orderly? Time plus nothing equals nothing.

      No, chaos is not creative, except for random explosions throwing out dead stuff. The creative force that makes earth different from other planets is life, not chaos.

      You said: “We will know nothing unitl we die.” Obviously we know a tremendous amount, however, compared with all that there is to know, we know nothing. As to the existance of God, we will know nothing (empirically, that is) until we die, because God is non-material and cannot be known through material proofs. You can’t emperically prove God any more than you can emperically prove human consciousness or justice or love.

      It is easy to label other people as “crazy.” I think much that goes on in our society is crazy, but I’m not going to use that word to label people. Everyone has a right to their beliefs and behavior choices, whether you or I approve of them or not (of course we all reap our consequences).

      Finally, I didn’ t say that atheists or agnostics, or believers or anyone else is miserable.

  3. David says:

    I completely agree steve, rock on man!!

  4. The Maze says:

    I admire your take on this subject matter. Surely many structures and schools of thought have collided on such. One may argue that “There are many ways to God”. I would agree. Only because there are many definitions of God, which is unfortunate, because each definition has its own way to itself. So which way do we take?? This was fun to read.

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