MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Carmine Ost446
Comments: 22
Article views: 672
Latest Badges:

View all Carmine Ost446's badges.

Atheism from a pragmatic perspective

13 January 2014, 07:41
This is a relatively short explanation of atheism from a very pragmatic perspective. It's fairly basic, so do not assume that this will describe any given atheist in their entirety. What it will do is give you some idea of what the basis of many atheists' conclusion is.

Each person reading and comprehending these words exists. To whatever extent, and however they define those terms, we all exist. We exist in reality. This planet, this solar system, this galaxy, this universe. All of this is our reality and we know that it is here. We observe nature. We observe life and death. We observe time and space. We have come to know various aspects of our reality and we can continue to learn new things. This is a simple understanding of observed reality. It supposes nothing, working only with the observed data and building worldview only from what is known.

This is where the atheist and the theist encounter their fundamental and only difference. The theist observes the exact same reality as any other person. The theist then ascribes that reality to the design of an otherworldly being. The planet, solar system, galaxy, universe... all of it exists through and for the sake of the otherworldly being. The atheist does not accept these claims because observed reality bears no evidence in support of them. Whatever connections are drawn between observed reality and the existence of this otherworldly being are circumstantial at best, tenuous on average and complete fabrications at worst. The atheist sees no reason to believe that their reality is the product of the will of an otherworldly being when reality explains itself in much simpler terms with good evidence to back it up.

Hopefully this short description has served it's purpose well. I welcome all comments and criticisms. I do not do much writing of this sort so your input is appreciated

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
The Uselessness of White Guilt

The idea, white guilt, comes from an American, Peggy McIntosh, and was used to explain the supposedly ‘privileged’ position of whites in America. Read more...

0 comments 244 views
Submitted by
Robert Mwanza
Self-actualization in poverty

Could self-actualization be achieved within poverty?

0 comments 58 views
Submitted by
Judith Mellet
Blatant racism or culture clash -...

Blatant racism or culture clash… or perhaps merely rude intolerance? Read more...

0 comments 319 views
Submitted by
The Problem With Munghana Lonene ...

South Africa is very known for its ability to advance its indigenous languages, thus ensuring that no ethnic group is isolated. Read more...

0 comments 1050 views
Submitted by
Kdoggy dog
Malema : Future leader of destruc...

When Juju spoke against Nelson Mandela about the way that he sold out the "revolution", the nation was disgusted. Read more...

0 comments 1427 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Cleaning up the hood

In order to get things done in this godforsaken country of ours, you sometimes have to break the law. Read more...

0 comments 141 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.