If There Is No God

Dennis Prager’s “new” article, “If There Is No God,” recycles a variety of bogus claims about atheism, yet at least it grants, “[I]t is not possible to prove (or disprove) God’s existence.” However, if it is not possible to prove something, it is not necessary to disprove it. Arbitrary claims should be dismissed out of hand. Nevertheless, because claims about God involve absurd metaphysical presumptions, it is possible to disprove God’s existence.

Without God, Prager asserts, “there is no good and evil,” “there is no objective meaning to life,” “[l]ife is ultimately a tragic fare,” and so forth. Of course this is complete nonsense. Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, which rejects supernaturalism, shows that good and evil are rooted in human life and its requirements and that one’s life, properly lived, can be meaningful and joyous.

Moreover, supernaturalism deflates to the same subjectivism that Prager criticizes; good and evil become dependent on the whims of a supernatural being, and “objective” comes to mean adherence to arbitrary doctrines. A better title for Prager’s article would have been simply: “Projection.”