Well, there is no ultimate purpose of life for an atheist. It is a depressing to have. At least we theists have hope that something better will happen for us when we die. Atheism is just depressing and hopeless. I can't understand why anyone would want to believe in atheism over theism.
Wouldn't you rather have hope instead of darkness?
Imagine someone's child dies. What seems more heartfelt to say?
A. Your child is in Heaven with the Lord singing with the angels.
B. Your child's dead. You're never gonna seen him/her again.
Do you claim then, that your religion is based on what's comfortable rather than what is necessarily true?
I don't really understand how you can be comfortable with a life which is based upon a 'hope' that your version of beliefs is the correct one. You have no real way of knowing whether you have been following the correct religion. Wouldn't it be better to make life meaningful by living it to the fullest, knowing you won't have another one to fall back on? If you're following your religion because you're petrified (as many theists are) of the wrath of god if you did not follow it, then isn't it an equally terrifying thought to wonder whether you will still end up in hell or not revived for all eternity if you chose the wrong one?
How do you know your religion is the correct one to follow? I'm sure you must be certain it was the correct one to follow, but I'm just wondering if you can justify why it is the right one over all the other religions on Earth today.
He answered this at 48 where he admitted that religion is just a guess based on emotional preference.
At the moment he is ignoring my proof that the universe is an objective reality. He was basing his ideas on an outdated philosopher, Berkeley, who "leaned too much on his own understanding" instead of asking nature.
The Wikipedia page about Berkeley which he has been using for examples says "Berkeley believed that God is not the distant engineer of Isaac Newton or Newtonian machinery that in the fullness of time led to the growth of a tree in the university quadrangle. Rather, the perception of the tree is an idea that God's mind has produced in the mind, and the tree continues to exist in the quadrangle when "nobody" is there, simply because God is an infinite mind that perceives all."
So the universe is a projection of God's mind which is then perceived by other minds. Is this the way you follow it, Shep?