Reason for being Atheist or Agnostic (Lack of evidence that god exists…
Reason for being Atheist or Agnostic
Lack of evidence that god exists
The book of the new testament were written at least 50 years after Jesus, therefore the stories are not reliable. They could have been exaggerated or distorted
Many of the stories in the Old Testament are not meant to be taken literally, showing that they are only metaphorical, meaning that it isn’t actual evidence but rather a guide on how to live.
God is not always visible in the world when we would most expect him to be e.g. in times of great suffering, such as terrorist attacks.
Science provides more evidence that God did not create the universe or life on Earth, e.g. the Big Bang theory explains where the universe came from without needing God.
Non religious Up-Bringing
A person who is not brought up learning about a religion may not understand what it means to believe in God.
A person may have been taught that science fully explains the world and they therefore think that belief in God is not necessary.
A non-religious upbringing would not have included the religious traditions and practices that religion provides, so belief in God would not be second nature.
A non-religious upbringing means that the person will be more exposed to secular philosophy and ways of thinking that will make them question the existence of God.
Conflictiing beliefs and teachings about the purpose of life and God.
The existence of different religions can lead to agnosticism or atheism because it is impossible that all their teachings can be true.
An example of this is that Hindus believe that the purpose of life is achieve Moksha, however, a Christian believes that you must follow the teachings of Jesus to go to Heaven.
From a Christian point of view, there are teachings in the Bible that contradict one another, e.g. the order of creation is different in the two Genesis stories
Some Christians believe that all one needs to be a good Christian is to have faith in God, whereas other Christians believe you also need to do good deeds. This can lead to confusion and put some people off believing in God.
Science and Medicine- the ability to control their environment
If humans could synthesize a conscious being like a human it shows we do not need god to create life
The fact that humans can create complex computers and tech that can solve lots of the world problems shows that we do not need to rely on God for help
Cures for life threatening or Terminal Illness
People used to rely on miracles to cure them of disease yet modern medicines can show how we don't need God
Some used to and still do think that disease was a punishment from God but curing it could show that it isn't as we can go against what is said to be Gods cause
Modern medicine and science can make humans feel totally in control of their environment. They are able to change their environment and even our genetic make-up (e.g. three parent children). This can lead to agnosticism/atheism because we don’t need God to control our lives