Being an atheist is impossible. Everyone believes in the supernatural and in miracles.
by David F. Coppedge
Our headline and subheading – outrageous! some atheists must be responding. Well, don’t take our word for it. New Scientist (a very Darwinian atheist-leaning site) just printed a story, “Most atheists believe in the supernatural, despite trusting science.” What?
Belief in the supernatural is still alive and kicking, even among people who don’t believe in a god. Research on atheists and agnostics around the world has revealed that almost nobody can claim to completely reject irrational beliefs such as life after death, astrology, and the existence of a universal life-force.
The UK-based Understanding Unbelief project interviewed thousands of self-identified atheists and agnostics from six countries – Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, US and UK. It found that despite their godlessness, a majority believe in at least one supernatural phenomenon or entity.
We rest our case. Well, there’s more to say. Whoever wrote the editorial in New Scientist put forward a false dichotomy: science vs irrationality. Let’s first dispense with that bit of irrationality itself. Then, we want to take the argument further and say that not only do “most” atheists believe in the supernatural, everyone does. Finally, we want to prove that being an atheist is impossible. Hang on to your seats!
False Categories and Self-Refutation
Assuming that supernaturalism is irrational, the author of the New Scientist article gets comments from two atheism experts. The second one, Marjaana Lindeman of the University of Helsinki in Finland, was surprised by the findings. They don’t match her experience talking to atheists. “If you don’t believe in a supernatural being like God it is quite difficult to believe in other types of supernatural phenomena,” she says, stating her version of the false dichotomy…
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