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What Is Unaccounted for in the Atheistic Framework?

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In this video, Sam Allberry counters the common atheistic explanation for the origin of love and suggests that the Christian narrative holds a better explanation for it.


I think there are many things that an atheistic world view doesn’t properly account for. I think actually the most compelling argument for Christianity is its explanatory power. It just makes sense of so much in life. But in particular, I think an atheistic framework doesn’t really account for love.

Some may say that love is a sort of evolutionary prerequisite—it’s something that we have built into ourselves in order to progress in our evolutionary trajectory or whatever it might be. But I don’t think we really believe that.

And so much of love is not merely about self-preservation and all the rest of it. It’s precisely the opposite. It’s caring for those who are weak. It’s looking after those who actually aren’t of use to us.

That is very hard to account for from an atheistic framework but makes complete sense if we’re created by God, who is love.