nikos wrote:. . . the only snag with these theories is what happens to little things like morality,
Dawkins, in "The God Delusion," has a very nice evolutionary explanation for morality and ethics. In essence it's the idea that individuals and groups that display such characteristics survive better, last longer, than ones that display high degrees of selfishness, lack altruism.
nikos wrote:. . . free will,
It seems to me that there is no need to establish free will in theory--it seems obvious, our natural state. Theists have trouble dealing with it, not atheists.
nikos wrote:. . . life after death etc.
Is there any reason to believe that such a thing is the case? Life after death is like unicorns: I can't prove to you that they don't exist, but there is simply no good reason to believe that they do. There are perfectly good reasons why people want
to believe in them--it would be nice if they existed, they'd be fun to watch, just as it would be very comforting to know that death isn't final. But that's a different issue.
nikos wrote:Better to live a lie and hope for kingdom come?
Pascal's wager. It isn't a serious argument. Wouldn't an omnipotent and omniscient God be able to see through such disingenuousness?
Thanks. I will have a look.
Enjoy your weekend,