Here is part of an email I got from from a Christian pastor:
…if you are right [that there is no god], neither what you think nor what I think is ULTIMATELY significant anyway. A thousand years from now none of it will mean anything to anyone, if there is even anyone left to whom it would otherwise mean something.
And if there is no ULTIMATE significance, I would hold that there is no REAL significance.
The idea of any significance would be rendered illusory.
If you are correct, nothing REALLY matters.
The implication, of course, is that I have no good reason to care about anything.
Yet here I am, caring.
Why? Am I failing to follow my convictions to their logical conclusion?
I’ve already touched on this in my post View from the Outside; View from the Inside but there’s much more to say. In the next few posts I’ll answer this question in each of the ways I’ve been asked it:
- Why care about anything at all?
- Why care about right and wrong?
- Why do atheists care about other people?
- Why do atheists care about religion?