When beginning to research various religions, there are two general ways to go.
The first would be to begin with those most similar to my belief system: the Greek Orthodox church, Protestantism, Judaism, until we land at unbelief as a belief system.
But if Atheism proves to be correct, then it is all pointless. If the atheists are right, no other religion can be. So I will begin my journey here.
To begin with, I want to make sure that my specific bias are clear. We all have a personal bias, but as I am the writer and you the reader, it is essential that you are able to filter what I consider fact based on my experience and what is true. To do that, I will state my understanding of the belief system and any personal fears I have as I begin to learn about each belief system.
My Understanding of the beliefs in Atheism
- There is no God or Godlike being in the universe
- The world and all life came to be naturally through purely scientific means
- There is no concrete meaning to life. Any meaning is taken by the individual.
- There is no afterlife. Upon death, the essence of the human (what I call the soul) ceases to exist.
My Fears and the Arguments that may Convince Me
- I fear that I may get enraged. While I have no issues with atheists as a whole, I find that people who are passionately atheist to the point of arguing for it tend to be anti-religion or at least consider religion people to be fools. These are the people who will be providing the fodder for my research.
- Hell. This is more Catholic counter-apologetics than an Atheist argument, but it is often used by the latter. The concept of Hell is one I struggle with to this day.
- That I will be in denial. I do not believe this to be true, and have no true fears of it being true. However, if it is true and there is indeed evidence that there is no God, there is a decent chance that I will ignore it. I feel in my soul a deep need for fulfillment in God and I have only been satisfied in that need during religious periods of my life. My mental health cannot thrive without a God.
The (Extremely Tentative) “Lesson Plan”
- 5 Proofs of the Existence of God: Rebuttals from Every Side
- The People vs. The Truth
- Counter-Apologetics and the Modern Atheist
- No Proof for, None Against: In Support of Agnosticism
- Joy Beyond Truth
Now, every belief system knows best how to convince others that they are correct. Atheists (and Agnostics if you please), feel free to recommend any resources arguing against the existence of God. My search for resources may be weakened by personal bias.