Predefined Meaning of Life

posted May 13, 2011, 2:56 AM by Garrett Fogerlie   [ updated May 25, 2011, 4:26 AM ]
By Garrett Fogerlie

What is the meaning of life? Perhaps a better question is, “Is there a meaning to life?” Some people think the meaning of life is to accept and believe that there is a God who created you and takes a personal interest in you. And he made you solely so that he would have someone that believes in him. Atheists are often asked, “What is your meaning for life?” As Richard Dawkins says, just because something can be worded in the form of a question, does not mean it deserves an answer. His rebuttal to the question is another question, “Why are all unicorns hollow?” This may not make sense on its face, but here is his reasoning for the question:
“It is a tedious cliché (and, unlike many clichés, it isn't even true) that science concerns itself with how questions, but only theology is equipped to answer why questions. What on Earth is a why question? Not every English sentence beginning with the word 'why' is a legitimate question. Why are unicorns hollow? Some questions simply do not deserve an answer. What is the color of abstraction? What is the smell of hope? The fact that a question can be phrased in a grammatically correct English sentence doesn't make it meaningful, or entitle it to our serious attention. Nor, even if the question is a real one, does the fact that science cannot answer it imply that religion can.” –Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion


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