I have had a very difficult time understanding how many atheists claim to find fulfillment in the awe and wonder of simply being alive, and I still don’t understand how to open them up within their own assumptions, as Ravi says. Of course, we all to some extent understand and hopefully revel in the incredible miracle it is to simply be alive, but for me and for many others this drives us to ask why are we alive, which should in turn lead us to the Author of life. Why do many atheists think that it is enough for them to simply be in awe of being alive? Have any of you had conversations with people who hold this type of view?
What got me thinking about this once again was an article where the writer (an atheist) is talking about the four steps of the human consciousness, among other things. To give context, this is a quote concerning my question:
“Step 3 is also the answer to anyone who accuses atheists of being amoral or cynical or nihilistic, or wonders how atheists find any meaning in life without the hope and incentive of an afterlife. … On Step 3, I feel immensely lucky to be alive and can’t believe how cool it is that I’m a group of atoms that can think about atoms—on Step 3, life itself is more than enough to make me excited, hopeful, loving, and kind. But Step 3 is only possible because science has cleared the way there, which is why Carl Sagan said that “science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” In this way, science is the “prophet” of this framework—the one who reveals new truth to us and gives us an opportunity to alter ourselves by accessing it.”
I am also very, very curious to hear people’s thoughts on the last two sentences of this paragraph.