You may have heard it said that “everybody has a worldview.” In recent discussions with online atheists and having viewed several videos, I have noticed that this does not seem to be the case. Some are saying that atheism is not a worldview. For example, one video that I stumbled upon was one from “The Atheist Experience” with Matt Dillahunty, was asked about the atheist worldview. Mr. Dillahunty interrupted the caller by saying that atheism is not a worldview, with the following,
There isn’t one (a worldview). Atheism isn’t a worldview. It is a position on a single issue and that is whether or not a God exists; however once you get to that point and you’re now a person who is living a life without interference from gods, you then have to begin to put together a worldview that will allow you to assess the reality you experience. And so what you’ll find is that there are quite a lot of atheists who share similar views about science and things like that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is the case. For example Buddhists are primarily atheists, and they have a number of supernatural ideas that I reject. So I am a skeptic and that’s what drives my atheism. I am applying skepticism and critical thinking to the ‘god claim’.’ Now I apply that to others as well but skepticism and humanism are far more along the lines of my worldview than atheism. Atheism is just my take on the ‘god claim’. You can be an atheist and not support church state separation.
In this posting I want to examine Dillahunty’s statement and answer the question, is atheism really a worldview? As I navigate through this question, I believe Dillahunty’s has either a misunderstanding, or is making a misrepresentation of the definition of a worldview. [Read more...]