What’s The Meaning Of Life?

Will Wilkinson, in his article, expresses his misgivings about the idea that life is absurd without God.

He writes:

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“[W]hat do you do with folks like me who are sure that life has meaning without having any supernatural beliefs at all–who think the question of the meaningfulness of life is logically independent of questions about the existence or nonexistence of supernatural stuff.”

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Well, that’s all well and fine. Whatever meaning you’ve found for yourself, as you really ought to know by now, is subjective and ultimately meaningless. Whatever meaning you can ascribe to your life, absent a transcendent meaning-giver –otherwise known as God– will have  no epistemic difference from, say, what the next chap subjectively feels is the meaning of his life. The meaning of your life, then, is really just your opinion. That’s fine.

If to some random NBA athlete, the meaning of life is to be as good as Michael Jordan, that’s fine. If to Obama, the meaning of life is to be the best president in the history of the United States, that’s fine. If to Dahmer, the meaning of life is to sodomize the corpses of young boys, that’s fine. Certainly, if your point is that life can have meaning  absent God, then you’re right. It can. Once you’ve beaten MJ, and have become the best president the world has ever know, what’s next? A billion dollars would be nice. Maybe that can be the next meaning of life to you; to have a billion dollars. Or, hey, helping the needy might make you feel important and increase your sense of self-worth. Maybe that can give meaning to your life. Awesome.

You can see where this is going.

It’s pretty clear that absent God, people merely jump from one subjective meaning to the next to avoid the stark reality of an ultimately meaningless existence.

The irony is that, in the atheist’s attempt to kill God, who he feels represses and subjugates, he only succeeds in killing himself; In his attempt to be free from the one he says enslaves, he imprisons himself.

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Posted on December 4, 2011, in apologetics, philosophy, Religion and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We live for say, 80 years. 1000 years later we are in heaven, in some kind of drugged-up happy state worshipping god. 10,000 years later, the same. 1,000,000 years later the same. 100,000,000 years later, the same. Life has changed on Earth, and so have the continents. But in heaven, it’s just one happy drug party. 3 billion years in the future, the Milky Way collides with Andromeda. The heavens change, but not Heaven. 100 billion years, and most of the stars have gone out. Civilizations cluster around black holes to farm their energy. Heaven is still a permanent High. Trillions of Trillions of years, and perhaps the universe is more full of intelligent life than ever, as black holes provide vast energy. In Heaven we are still praising God, and he shows no sign of getting bored of it. 10^120 years, and the last black holes have evaporated. There is still potential for change, and so there might still be life, but with each thought lasting a billion years. God is getting a bit bored, so a promotes a couple of angels to become Seraphim. But on with the bliss and praising! Uncountable trillions of years, and a random fluctuation creates a point of inflation and a new big bang. But even this time is infinitely small compared with the endless bliss and praising the Lord that is our fate, our initial 80 years of life seeming of utter insignificance.

    If there has ever been an idea that renders life utterly meaningless it is theism.

  2. Well, that’s a very anthropomorphic interpretation of what heaven’s like. Is it any wonder why, statistically, it’s around the age of 12-15 that people become atheist. It’s a repudiation of the Sunday school understanding of Christianity taught by pastor Bob, ignorant of the fact that there’s a more sophisticated version on offer.

    Thanks, anyway, for that kilometric, nonsensical diatribe.

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