The point is this--how can you as a strict materialist really trust your own mind? I mean, if everything in the universe is matter and energy, then that means your physical brain is bound by the laws of physics. Think about this. In a purely materialistic worldview where the human brain is nothing more than the summation of chemicals and brain wiring, how do you justify having both free will and rationality?
You see, it’s a brain problem.
How does one chemical state of the brain that is altered by the electrical firing of neurons, which leads to another chemical state in your brain, produce free thought and logical inference?
If your brain is hardwired and constrained by the physical laws, then it cannot act outside of those laws or outside the limits of the hardwiring. It is, in essence, caged in by the limits of physical properties and cannot break free of them.
This would mean that whatever stimulus you receive, such as being asked a question, will result in a specific response that must be in accordance with whatever arrangement your brain’s nuero-chemical wiring requires.
Let me illustrate. If you could be exactly reproduced in an identical environment and your other ‘you’ was asked a question, it, just like you, would produce the exact same response. If this scenario were played over and over again, you’d always respond the exact same way. You’d have no choice but to do so. Why? Because, in strict materialism, you are nothing more than the arrangement of chemicals and wiring in your brain which will automatically produce a specific result when faced with specific stimulus. So then, how are you free? And, how can you trust your logical conclusions since they too are merely the result of the changes of chemical states in your physical brain? How do you know you aren’t believing lies about reality, and how would you know you’re not being illogical in your conclusions? After all, it could be your brain wiring that makes you “think” you’re believing truth and also being logical.
Now, if you say that my reasoning is flawed, then my response is that you are forced to reply that way because of the neuro-chemical wiring in your brain.
Or perhaps you “believe” you have free will. Maybe you “think” you’re logical. But then again, perhaps you are forced to believe and think that way due to the neuro-chemical wiring in your brain. I have to ask. How do you know that the neuro-chemical wiring in your brain doesn’t just produce a set of processes that force you to think and feel a certain way so that, according to evolutionary theory, your genetics can be passed down to other generations? In this evolutionary, materialistic process, deception could be a reality provided it results in genetic descendants. This way, your atheism is nothing more than a set of chemical states in your brain which forces you into certain beliefs and behaviors so that genes are carried on throughout the centuries.
And of course, if no free will, then why condemn someone's actions for murder? They had no choice but to do it in a purely materialistic universe...
By the simple application of logic and its affirmation in the real worldThe point is this--how can you as a strict materialist really trust your own mind?
"The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything", and that appears to be true today. If man is going to believe in something isn't it more worthwhile to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, to "Do unto unto others as you would have them do unto you"?
We can see that those who are not religious tended to follow political charlatans, those who would inevitably betray their followers and forget their promises. Whether we are practicing Christians or not (and I am not) we should still appreciate living under the Christian influence rather than some of the alternatives.
Not a serious response, bud.Moral guidance ≠ religion. Try that one again. Christian countries did less harm? Well, a fair number of the 'most Christian countries' are African nations who are constantly fighting. So let's ignore them for your sake (not mine). Who else do you we have? Well, of the top 10, I think there's something like 3% of Christians in the World in China. Another top 10 (maybe top 5?) is Russia. You have Mexico (of course) (probably top 3). And then the good ol' USA. Not a strong case there, bud.