I became a pronounced atheist in my early teens. I was about 13 or 14 when I refined the view, all the while experiencing a leniency to attend church at the time. In the days leading up to my conversion and even after, I remember starting with YouTube. At the time, Lacy Green (who is now more popular on topics of politics and gender), The Amazing Atheist and William Lane Craig videos dominated my association with God and arguments.
As time went on, I became enthralled with the world of books. I have been tossed by the waves of philosophy and theology, often not knowing “where” to fall on “what” big subject. Atheism is certainly one of those subjects that has challenged me greatly and continues to do so.
Atheism, to be sure, is a resilient and driving cultural force in the world. Even though it is said that atheism does not permeate a organization of beliefs to which one could subscribe to if one is to be an “atheist,” I will come to show how this view is problematic. Certainly being an atheist “looks” a certain way, but it is true that such a subscription is not entailed by some credal acceptance.
In this post I hope to overview a few areas relating to atheism that I think are important as an introduction to Christians. Historically and philosophically, atheism is diverse and far-reaching. Immersing oneself into atheism through this way – historical and philosophical reflection – gives one, hopefully, an arsenal for understanding and dialogue which ultimately serve evangelical (gospel) purposes.