Do Atheists Have More Fun?


I should have known better.   Here I thought I had found a good article extolling the funness of atheism.  But as I read, I found out it was a trick.  The article at RealClearReligion entitled, Do Atheists Have More Fun, turned out to be a trap for the unwary, who upon reading find the article to be written by a Godpunk, Heather Wilhelm, spouting truth in love.


Yes, Ms. Wilhelm uses Penn Jillette’s book entitled “God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and other Magical Tales,” to winsomly make the case for God’s existence.  Pure trickery, I tell you.  Please don’t read her article.

You see, I had high hopes that this deceptively titled article would make the case that atheists do, indeed, have more fun.  Although atheists are fools, it is true that ignorance is bliss, and like a driver of a car joyriding toward a sheer cliff, atheists can experience a temporary, ignorance-fueled, happiness. 

But the cliff is real, and you should see their faces as they careen over that last centimeter of the broad way, knowing immediately that they were on the road to certain destruction.

Too late, of course.   Which makes seeing their wide-eyed terror-stricken faces all the more enjoyable.  I will see Penn Teller at the wheel of his pridemobile soon, unless a power greater than mine intervenes.

But this Wilhelm chick.  She’s trouble.  With her endearing, charming, writing style, she uses Penn’s stance as the spring board for a compelling case for God.  For example, she quotes C.S. Lewis (blechhhh!), who said with respect to the seeming cruelty and unjustness of the universe:

But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?

Yes, all the reasoning of atheists that God must not exist because of all the suffering and unjustness in the world is actually an argument for God.  How else would we know what is “good”?  Every atheists’ attempt at defining what is morally “good” ultimately dies the futile death of “who says?”  As winsome Wilhelm states, quoting another Godpunk, Tim Keller, author of “The Reason for God“:

In the end, Keller notes, people affirm “the equality and dignity of human individuals simply because [they] believe it is true and right. [They] take as an article of faith that people are more valuable than rocks or trees — though [they] can’t prove that scientifically. [Their] public policy proposals are ultimately based on a religious stance.

And that’s the dirty little truth I try to obscure. 

Yes, the very reason many are atheists is actually proof of a universal, transcendent, absolute Good. 

I just hope no atheists become deep thinkers. 

Because Wilhelm is, unfortunately, right.



5 Responses to “Do Atheists Have More Fun?”

  1. I used to live in Penn Jillette’s world. Then I discovered reality and decided it was time to quit fooling myself about who I was and to Whom I owed my allegiance. It was actually quite easy to leave the darkness to enter Realityville once I saw the real me in light of the real God.
    Penn Jillette could do it too but he has Fame and Fortune. Keeping those idols happy requires much time, energy, and money. Thus the writing of smug little books to make money to feed the beast that never says, “Enough”.

  2. jackory6969 Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on Ms. Wilhelm’s article. It was a great review and she made a lot of very good points. My son is an extremely intelligent 16 year old who, like all kids his age, probably spends a little bit too much time on the Internet. He is exposed to a ton of anti-Christian propaganda and constant militant atheist rhetoric. I try my best to defend the Gospel and point him to some good apologists (William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, etc) but I just don’t know how much good it does. I am pretty sure he’s a smart enough kid that he’ll eventually realize that an atheist’s version of fun is fleeting and soon forgotten.

    • Don’t tell anyone I said this, but you are doing the right thing. Keep encouraging him to read people like Craig and Geisler, and never stop defending the Gospel. Kids, especially teen agers often seem like they are not listening, but they are taking it in. And even if he strays a bit, your words will come back to remind him of truth later when he’s in a better place to receive it. I’ve seen it many, many times– I try to lead some young kid down my path, it looks like I’ll be successful, and then he remembers his parents’ words of wisdom and does an “about face” on me. Remember, this is just between you and me; don’t spread this around.

  3. joeclark77 Says:

    The books that showed me the light were “Privileged Planet”, whose authors I dont recall, which makes a powerful case for intelligent design in the universe, and Dinesh D’Souza’s “What’s So Great about Christianity?”. Maybe worth checking out.

    • Yes, excellent books. Even I like to watch/read them because I see the beauty of God’s world and the coherence of God’s worldview. The reason I like to watch them is that it reminds me of how successful I am at deceiving people in spite of such beauty and coherence.

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