In another forum, I'm debating several topics. The Christian told me that all atheists have to believe in Evolution... I told him that it wasn't true but I couldn't really explain why. All I could come up with is that Atheism and any form of origin are not related at all, so it doesn't even matter. But I'd like someone to tell me: do atheists have to believe in evolution? Explain your reasoning.
I posted here for a quick response... I don't want a long topic or anything. Thanks.
I would assume that an Atheist could be as stupid as a Theist. I would imagine that even an Atheist could be dumb enough to doubt Evolution. It's a little harder for the Atheist but that simply makes it a bigger challenge. The Theist has a slight advantage cause they could use Goddit but the Atheist could also believe that things just happened without evolution or Goddit.
The bottom line is anybody who is not in someway mentally handicapped or wilfully ignorant must accept evolution based on the overwhelming preponderance of evidence.
quote:The Christian told me that all atheists have to believe in Evolution...
An atheist doesn't have to believe anything. If someone could somehow show me that the Theory of evolution was completely wrong and could not explain the world around me, then I simply would not know why the world is the way it is. And when asked about how the world came to be as it is, I would answer, "I don't know."
In fact, when evangelicals ask me how the universe began, I usually just reply, "I don't know." Which is the truth.
"Religion is the best business to be in. It's the only one where the customers blame themselves for product failure." -- Ellis Weiner (quoted on the NAiG message board)
actually, one doesn't believe in evolution. Muck like no one believes in science. A more appropriate word would be "understands" or "accepts" (though not in the same sense as accepting Jesus as the savior or something like that).
Or an atheist could lack belief in any theory of origins. Or s/he could believe that the aliens you mention always existed. What an atheist can believe is limited only by the imagination, and the prerequisite condition that the belief system is free of gods.
An Atheist doesnâ€™t HAVE to believe in Evolution. There is no dogma associated with Atheism to say what you must or must not believe. Most Atheists will support the ToE for the same reasons they donâ€™t believe in the existence of God. That reason being those conclusions are the current best fit with the current evidence.
That said there is nothing stopping an atheist arguing against the ToE for whatever reason, though I will admit his reasons would have to be mighty compelling.
Did this Christian explain why he thinks that an atheist needs to "believe in evolution"?"Religion is the best business to be in. It's the only one where the customers blame themselves for product failure." -- Ellis Weiner (quoted on the NAiG message board)
If you go back not too far before Darwin they may have believed that all life had always been the way it was; unchanged. I think it was only a century or two before Darwin that it was realized that there had been times when different things lived on Earth.
Then there is only the question of initial orgin. I don't know what was thought about that. Maybe "I don't know."