Atheist Song

Posted: September 8, 2010 by Amy Hall in God is Real, Just for Fun

I’m mainly putting this video up for the comedy, but I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that, unlike religion, atheism hasn’t produced great music or art. In a naturalistic world, the real things are physical. Things that are higher than mere matter, like meaning, are “Noble Lies” we tell people to make them feel better. Beauty isn’t real; molecules, natural laws, genetics, and death are real. I think this is why I often find a certain ugly quality to works produced by atheists (like Philip Pullman’s trilogy, for example). The focus on physical things (e.g., pleasure) in a context absent of greater meaning continually pulls one downward toward a life with the animals.

For Christians, on the other hand, beauty is as real as it gets. God is the epitome of beauty, and artists throughout the centuries have tried to touch some of His beauty, capture one or two notes or colors, and bring them back to us. The pull of their work is always upward toward God. For Christians, the physical world is not merely molecules that can be completely described and explained in scientific terms, but a creation of God with purpose, meaning, and beauty for our enjoyment.

Beauty, love, meaning, purpose, eternal life, justice, mercy, joy, morality, and goodness are real. And these are things worth singing about.

Comments
  1. The Roof says:

    John Frame said it well in his book “The Doctrine of God”:

    “Thus we learn something very important about the biblical worldview. In Scripture, the personal is greater than the impersonal. The impersonal things and forces in this world are created and directed by a personal God. According to naturalistic thought, all persons in the world are the product of impersonal forces, and they can best be understood by reducing them to impersonal bits of matter and energy, or by making them aspects of an impersonal oneness. In these views, persons are reducible to the impersonal. But in the biblical view, the impersonal reduces to the personal. Matter, energy, motion, time, and space are under the rule of a personal Lord. All the wonderful things that we find in personality—intelligence, compassion, creativity, love, justice—are not ephemeral data, doomed to be snuffed out in cosmic calamity; rather, they are aspects of what is most permanent, most ultimate. They are what the universe is really all about. Only in biblical religion is there an absolute principle that is personal.”