During my university-level course, Introduction to Molecular Biology, the professor asked THE 64,000 dollar question:
“What is the purpose of all living things?”
After more than a few seconds of stunned silence I answered the question with an answer provided by the great Greek philosopher, Aristotle :
“The purpose of all things is to fulfil their nature.”
The professor responded, “It looks like somebody around here is bucking for an ‘A’. The purpose of all living things is to do their jobs.”
Okay, so the professor threw Aristotle under the bus for Karl Marx.
Regardless, we can still ask, how does man fulfill his nature or do his job?
Karl Marx declared that man’s job was to produce through work, the sweat of his brow so to speak (Communist Manifesto).
But that is ridiculous because it means that mothers and children are not fully human. Neither are artists, musicians, and actors even if all their art, music and theater are generated to inspire other people to work harder and better.
Okay, so let’s stick with Aristotle.
How does man fulfill his human nature?
Does atheism address that question?
Since nearly all atheists are Marxists, all that can be expected of atheism is a bad trip down some rabbit hole of the ridiculous.
What about religion?
We know from the study of history that all civilizations grew up around religion. We also know that the ruling class in every civilization used religion to legitimize their tyranny, and their cultural control over society.
Some civilizations were relatively stable and reserved state violence to war. Others, like the Aztecs used a blood soaked religion to terrorize their population.
Even Christianity, a truly wonderful religion, was commandeered by the ruling classes of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.
The spiritual and intellectual dissonance caused by such perverse development finally exploded into what is now known as the Protestant Reformation. But that just gave the ruling class tyrants more reasons to conduct war.
And so it goes.
Atheists, it would seem, have a great point about the evils of religion.
But is the problem actually religion or that man does not know how to fulfill his human nature?
Atheists argue against religion as if all religions were equal, but clearly this is not the case.
It took the weight of the Roman Empire to destroy ancient Egypt. Yet only 500 European Spaniards destroyed the Aztec civilization. Pizarro, another European Spaniard led the destruction of the Incan civilization. And apparently, the Mayans destroyed themselves.
Since the ruling class of whatever society habitually used religion to justify their tyranny and their war making, it is obvious that religion is not the fundamental problem with man. This is so, because the vast majority of people who practice religion conform to societal norms and moral values.
Atheism then, is a dead end.
Its understanding of religion is provably false. And as a consequence offers absolutely nothing regarding the question of how man is to fulfill his human nature.
Atheism then, is worthless.