Is it possible for an atheist to not be a nihilist?

Posted by: triangle.128k

  • Yes, an atheist can still believe there's purpose in life, as well as moral values.

  • No, one has to believe in god to believe in a meaningful life and moral values, otherwise you're a nihilist

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  • Atheist can believe theres a purpose in life, they can create their own life goals and that can become their purpose in life. Kind of like a telos (assuming I used that word correctly).

  • It's harder to for sure, but yes. I'd say I'm more opposed to nihilism than atheism.

  • It is possible that they are of course. But it is also possible that they are not.

  • I vote here, because my proof is me. I wouldn't find it likely that I'm the only one out there- The purpose of life can range differently from person to person, varying by their goals and passions. You don't require a God to possess those things. Just as well with morals, through experience we can learn pain and see it, as well as how it occurs in others. Causing pain causes trouble, often for ourselves, so its somewhat of an instinct not to cause pain, which we can clearly learn and see without a God. Plus, also, we give our morals a more personal meaning than just "A God told me this is Bad so I won't do that". We learn and adjust our morals appropriately to how we view life and the world around us. it may not always be right, but right in itself is up to its own debate.

  • Even though I believe atheism is evil and bad I don't believe all of it's adherants are nihlists (former atheist).

    Posted by: Mobutu
  • @Rust_Cohle, how can atheists not tell if they believe in morality or life meaning? Most atheists I've met are self-deterministic and so am I. I don't believe in God, meaning of life derived from God, and objective moral codes, but I'd never call a religious person nihilistic because nihilism is left up to the individual, regardless of their theistic views. Just because life has no objective meaning and morality has no objective code doesn't mean that it doesn't exist at all. Even then, some atheists do believe that life does have objective meaning and morality has an objective code, based off of nonreligious foundations.

  • Yes Nihilism is the darker side of realism

    Posted by: ramm55
  • Atheists do not require the existence of supernatural beings to give meaning to their lives. They give their on life meaning.

  • Yes. I'm an atheist and am strongly opposed to nihilism. I don't think that a religious person can hold any moral position other than authoritarianism without major cognitive dissonance.

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Rust_Cohle says2015-08-20T22:19:33.4398156Z
Black jesus, I know people think that but they're wrong. I have seen the finale of thousands of lives, man. Young, old, each one so sure of their realness. You know that their sensory experience constituted a unique individual with purpose and meaning. So certain that they were more than biological puppet. The truth wills out, and everybody sees. Once the strings are cut, all fall down.
o0jeannie0o says2015-08-21T22:10:17.6357535Z
^^^^ I think the logical people of this site would agree, your wrong.
Rust_Cohle says2015-08-21T23:53:33.9174730Z
That's because we all got what I call a life trap, a gene deep certainty that things will be different. That you'll move to another city and meet the people that'll be the friends for the rest of your life. That you'll fall in love and find meaning and be fulfilled, f***in' fulfillment, and closure whatever the hell those two f***in’ empty jars to hold this sh/t storm. Nothing’s ever fulfilled, not until the very end. And closure. Nothing is ever over.

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