Just curious, do atheists typically believe the universe is random?

Asked by: TheodoretheMan
  • Generally, but Depends on Semantics

    What scientists define as "random" is different from what common people refer to as "random". To explain it quickly, science random does not refer to our lives having no meaning, but being unpredictable or hard to predict. On the contrary, having a god or a deity to believe in doesn't automatically give life a meaning.

  • Yes, but that does not mean we have to believe in destiny

    As an atheist i believe the universe is as it is now due to it being the one RANDOM outcome of and infinite number of possibilities that come from many factors that consists of seemingly insignificant events, for example, the giant astroid that crashed into the earth during its formation which caused the moon to start developing, if any of the astroids surrounding it were even an inch to the left, mabye they could of crashed into the astroid and the world would of turned out tremendously different, i know what im saying alludes to destiny, but it does not. It was pure chance, the only thing is, when the dice of the universe are being rolled constantly an infinite number of times. You are likely to get just as many good outcomes as bad ones.

  • I have to

    Do a supporting headline or statement to put this on here for some reason. The person making the 'opinion' shouldn't have to have these two things. Were the ones that may be asking a question intsead of asking an opinion. Don't bother commenting on this sub-opinion. Ahh, character limit reached.

  • No, absolutely not.

    If someone is an atheist, and taken even the tiniest amount of time to learn about various theories such as evolution, or the big bang (which are undoubtedly encountered when transitioning from faith to reason) then this someone will be better equipped at understanding that NO scientific theory claims that:

    We suddenly appeared from nothing
    We randomly decided to grow eyes
    The fish got tired of water and grew legs just because
    Everything just happened to fall together so I could write this, and you could read this.

    This is not what these theories say, and anyone who told you this was either lying or misinformed, (probably the latter and probably the person before them as well)

    When asked "how did the universe come about" the most obvious and intelligent reply is "we simply don't know because we currently lack the proof, but here's a pretty good theory that's probably true because of supporting evidence."

    And when asked about evolution being random, it wasn't either. Evolution was and is a pattern of necessity.

    The creature best suited to survive (death, disease, famine, fighting) will survive. Those traits get passed on, and as the world changes, we organism either change with it, or join the 99% of animals that existed at one point but couldn't adapt.

  • Typically, no albeit...

    A secular understanding of the evidence deems that a random universe is conceivable. The origin of the universe is not an inherent concept within atheism. I understand your question though, because many atheists tend to utilize the origin of the universe as a reference in discussions, arguments, and debates with theists.

  • No, not usually.

    The universe operates according to an objective set of laws. When something seemingly random happens, it simply means that we have not discovered or are not capable of understanding the laws that caused the event. If we knew and understood the entirety of them, we could probably predict every single thing that would happen, ever.

  • I would not

    Call it random. I also would not call it intentional. I feel the evidence point to it being formed by natural laws.
    Example: If you look at a snowflake under magnification, you can see that it's shape is not random, yet you can not say that it was formed that way intentionally. Nobody i.e. god, did not sit down and plan out the shape then carve each one individually, they formed as water droplets froze while falling.

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