Emmett F. Fields’ quote:
“Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.”
Explaining the Fallacies
The phrase, “knowledge that gods do not exist,” asserts a universal negative. Only God can assert a universal negative since universal negatives require an all-knowing mind. Most atheists have stopped claiming that God doesn’t exist for this reason. It’s a position that no one can rationally defend since it’s based on a huge fallacy. In effect, Emmett Fields is speaking for all Atheists. He’s saying that they all assert this universal negative. In so doing, Emmett is claiming to be all-knowing, and he’s saying that all Atheists are also all-knowing.
Next, he asserts a universal positive. Universal positives run into the same problem that universal negatives run into. Only God can assert universal positives since universal positives also require omniscience. He claims to know that “religion is either a mistake or a fraud.” He boldly makes this universal statement about all religions.
Another Emmett F. Fields’ quote:
“Atheism is the world of reality, it is reason, it is freedom, Atheism is human concern, and intellectual honesty to a degree that the religious mind cannot begin to understand. And yet it is more than this. Atheism is not an old religion, it is not a new and coming religion, in fact it is not, and never has been, a religion at all. The definition of Atheism is magnificent in its simplicity: Atheism is merely the bed-rock of sanity in a world of madness.” ~ Emmett Fields
He conveniently claims that Atheism isn’t a religion, although, he claims that Atheism has the beliefs in the quote above. As with all religions, Emmett claims that Atheism is “bedrock certainty in a world of madness.” All religions claim bedrock certainty and call everyone who disagrees “mad.” How is Atheism so special?
Atheism is “reality” itself? Why? Can Emmett prove the claims he makes for Atheism? No.
Atheism is “reason” itself? Show me the absolutely true premises. Atheism has none. Sound reasoning requires true premises. Truth is absolute by definition.
Atheism is “human concern”? Really? What is the bedrock basis of this concern? That would also require absolutely true premises. Atheism has no true premises for anything. Atheism can never extend beyond strongly but irrationally held opinions.
Atheism is “intellectual honesty”? That’s laughable. The entire philosophy requires intellectual dishonesty throughout. Emmett’s claims are all bare assertions. Bare assertions are the ultimate in intellectual dishonesty. And yet, every claim of an Atheist that tries to extend thought beyond what the Atheist observes or experiences is based on made-up stuff. Made-up stuff is the fakery that’s behind every intellectually dishonest claim.
By saying that all religions are either mistakes or frauds, Emmett is saying that all of us who follow Christ are either making mistakes or being deceived by frauds. He’s saying that he absolutely knows that we aren’t experiencing what we’re experiencing. You may wonder where the trolls on the Internet get this kind of nonsense. They learn it from so-called “intellectuals.” It would be good to get an understanding of the nature of epistemology or logic to avoid such fallacies as these. Clearly, much of religion is a mistake. Much of religion is also a fraud. However, to make the universal statement that Emmett made is irrational. I’ll explain how we know that Christ is real before I’m finished, but first, let’s go on to the next fallacy.
Emmett, speaking for all Atheists, claims that Atheism looks at the world “objectively.” That, in itself, commits the ontic fallacy. No one can get outside of himself or herself to objectively look at the world around us. Objectivity would require a miracle. God would need to intervene.
But going beyond the false claim of objectivity, Emmett sets a rule that all things must be interpreted as part of nature. This is the fallacy of Naturalism. Naturalism is a philosophy or religion. It’s a bare claim that Naturalists use as a filter to interpret every observation and experience. Making a bare claim is a fallacy. It’s the axiomatic thinking fallacy.
By purposely setting Naturalism as his filter, Emmett becomes totally biased toward Naturalism. He then uses a circular reasoning fallacy. He assumes Naturalism, which means that he assumes that God doesn’t exist and that the spiritual realm doesn’t exist. Then he uses his assumption to “prove” that God doesn’t exist and that the spiritual realm doesn’t exist. He uses this fallacious thinking to reject any evidence for God or the spiritual realm.
It’s good that Emmett admits his bias, but he also exposes his inconsistent thinking. He thinks that he’s objective. And yet, he admits that he’s biased by the philosophy of Naturalism.
Not only does Naturalism deny the existence of God, but it also commits the fallacy of asserting other universal negatives. For instance, it asserts that no miracles happen and that God doesn’t reveal anything to anyone. I’ve seen Naturalists argue that God wouldn’t be capable of overcoming the weakness of the human mind to reveal His will and absolute truth to humans who are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit. What would prevent the Almighty God from doing this? Naturalism also claims to know that God didn’t create the heavens, the earth, and the seas and everything in them. And it claims that the Genesis Flood didn’t take place. Not one of these claims is objective. They’re all irrational claims.
I said that I would explain how we know that Christ is real. We know that Christ is real because we know Him. He leads, teaches, and corrects every person who follows Him. When we listen to Him, He imparts a supernatural substance into us called faith. His faith is substance, which is reality as opposed to concept. And His faith evidence, which is absolutely certain proof of the truths that He reveals to us through His leading, teaching, and correcting. He leads, teaches, and corrects us through Scripture and every means He mentions in Scripture. And one last but very important point, He never contradicts Himself. That means that He never contradicts Scripture.
As we journey on with Christ, He provides the true premises for our reasoning. Sound logic requires true premises, but the fallen human mind has no path to true premises. Atheists and Naturalists make up excuses for this reason-killing problem and continue to justify irrational reasoning. The don’t allow reality to hinder their madness. However, those of us who follow Christ have the option of thinking rationally. We don’t always listen to Christ, but, when we do, we can be rational. Not only can we be rational, but we can also have true love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, humility, inner strength, faith, hope, and righteousness. It’s all available in Him.