Is life absurd if it does not have a Creator?
We are the lottery winners
Like the lottery, our existence as human beings on this planet with this evolution, orbiting around this star in this galaxy in this Goldilocks-fashioned right time and place seem to be so specific that they could not have occurred without the foresight of a benevolent Architect.
A watch without a maker in a vast sea of makerless watches
“What is the meaning of life?” is an absurd question
The rollercoaster ride has to end
In light of the fact that the ride will end, how will you choose to ride, now?
Suppose the Big Bang had never occurred. Suppose the universe had never existed. What ultimate difference would it make? The universe is doomed to die anyway. In the end it makes no difference whether the universe ever existed or not. Therefore, it is without ultimate significance.
We must accept that some people are getting off of this ride by their own choice
Why bother? Isn’t your death the same no matter how it comes?
Your intention to die or your intention to live defines what value you place on your own life
Even the faithful believe that you are responsible for how God’s plan turns out
The snake oil salesman
Is life absurd?
At the turn of the 11th Century, Saint Anselm of Canterbury developed a theological argument that effectively stated that Atheists were proof of the existence of God. No, really.
…To make this point, Anselm’s logic is reductive rather than constructive. Perhaps at some point in life, you have said something like “What do I do, around here? A shorter list would be what don’t I do around here!” That’s reductive logic or reductio ad absurdum – “reducing down from the absurd”. Instead of doing what the Bible does in describing the attributes, attitudes and parts of God, Anselm asks “what could be greater than the greatest possible thing?” Or “What can God do? More like: What can’t God do!”
…Next, Anselm wants you to believe that the “fool” conceiving of such a God in his “understanding” means that God really exists in there. He uses the analogy of a painter seeing an image in his mind of what he wants to render on the canvas. He has the image in his mind and so the image exists in a way even before he picks up a brush. So, even thinking that God could exist… means that God exists in some way even if it is only in the “fool’s” understanding…From the outset this seems absurd, because while I can conceive of such a God, I also can conceive of unicorns but that does not make unicorns real outside of my mind.
The difference, Anselm would suggest, is that unicorns are not the greatest possible thing! Great as they are, we can always conceive of something greater than unicorns. I can imagine a world where eating bacon makes you lose weight and live 100 years longer but we all know how to recognize wishful thinking. Hard as it is to imagine, God would have to be greater than bacon that makes you live 100 years longer and look sexy. According to Anselm’s logic, this is not by any quality that God possesses but by the lack of anything else possessing the quality of “greater than God”.
The trick is now to take the God that exists in the “fool’s understanding” and turn it into something that cannot help but be real everywhere else – a necessary God.
…So we ask again: what could possibly be greater than the concept (even if only in the Atheist’s mind) of a Being that is unsurpassed and unsurpassable in greatness?
As Coca-Cola says: “there’s nothing like the real thing, baby”. If the mind is limited, then it cannot contain “that which nothing is greater than” and so the void of greatness that would be everything outside of the Atheist’s mind must also be understood to be instantly filled with God’s greatness because even if only in His conceptualized version, nothing can be greater than God.
…St. Anselm’s Ontological Argument for God was perfect for his purposes because a God that is a concept that was proven by the attempt to disprove it, is unfalsifiable. That’s a big red flag from Sagan’s “Baloney Detection Kit”. In addition, the idea that God was “that than which nothing greater can exist” made God unquantifiable. How do you count the greatest possible thing or the thing of which there cannot be anything “greater than”? Another red flag. (The Korihor Argument; A Missionary’s Journey Out of Mormonism)
Choose to live