I have a discussion going on my Facebook page. What started as an innocent post about my difficulties as a parent explaining the celebratory attitude about the death of Bin Laden became a debate about the existence of Evil.
I had one comment that struck me, but I completely ignored it on my page.
“I find this interesting because I have found that most atheists believe in Good and Evil because of overwhelming proof that it exists. Because those that believe that this life is all that they have, it’s the only measure that they have. What is done in this life. My father, as an Atheist, only believed in Good and Evil.”
I didn’t address it, but I think it is a misconception of atheism. At least, of my atheism. The person who posted this seems to be forcing atheists to accept a cosmic force, but not to call it god. Capitalizing the words good and evil, and then saying he knows someone who believes like this, who he claims is an atheist, looks like a trap. Good and evil actions exist. We have proof of those. How do you prove Good as a concept and Evil as a concept? I imagine this is a debate for philosophers, not for Facebook.
I tried to keep the “Does Evil exist” thread alive without it resulting in a discussion about religion.
…Because I am going to freak out when someone says Fundamentalist Islam is Evil.