One of the stranger things about atheism is that pedophilia isn’t a choice under it. Why? Because the laws of cause and effect outside of the head don’t stop in the inside of the head.
Ultimately, thinking atheists admit that atheism itself precludes freedom of will. No action, no matter how vile or virtuous, from raping and murdering a child to saving a pregnant woman from a murderer at the cost of one’s own life, is more than a complex physics problem. Even the little things—get in a fight with a friend on FB about masks, Trump, or pug dogs?—are nothing more than cause and effect over which one never had any conscious control. Two renowned scientists summed this up well when they said:
- → “You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”
—Dr. Francis Crick, molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist
- → “How can we be “free” as conscious agents if everything that we consciously intend is caused by events in our brain that we do not intend, and of which we are entirely unaware? We can’t…Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. We do not have the freedom we think we have.”
—Dr. Sam Harris, neuroscientist
So when it comes to considering things like pedophilia and rape, or really any human action, thought, or emotion, under the atheist’s worldview, none of them can be construed as choices, because they never were. Indeed, at any one point in time, it would be completely the configuration of molecules in the universe—and in particular in your brain—that mandated what you did. You could not have done anything other than what you did. In other words, you didn’t have any choices. You thought that you do, and it looked like you did, but you didn’t really.
And yes, that includes Trump’s bad actions, Biden’s sniffing people, and everything else that humans have done, because where there is no God, there is no spirit, and where there is no spirit, there is no force of will over one’s neural system, and where that does not exist, free agency does not exist.
I am always relieved that God, however, gives us choices: “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” —Joshua 24:15
So I reject atheism. Of course if atheists become upset by my rejection, under their worldview it may make them happier to think that I had no choice in my decision, just as they had no choice in their displeasure.