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What Is the Most Unsettling Question for the Atheist?

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Ligon Duncan suggests that four important questions lack satisfactory answers from an atheistic worldview.


I have never heard a compelling case by an atheist thinker about these questions:

  • What is true?
  • What is good?
  • What is beautiful?
  • Is there ultimate meaning?

I’ve seen those who follow pagan non-Christian religions appeal to other kinds of theism to give answer to those things. And as a Christian, I have a theistic answer to that because I believe that there is objective truth, objective morality, objective beauty, and real meaning in this world.

But from an atheist framework, I have never seen a convincing or compelling case for the true, the good, the beautiful, or for real meaning in life. And I think that really ought to bother atheists.