I wanted to pursue this “aha” thought of mine in a different topic exploration. I have always had considerable doubt even antipathy to the connection many have made between the use of the word “unbelievers” in the Bible with “atheists.” The problem is that all talk of such “unbelievers” in the Bible is closely associated with considerable immorality and misbehavior – more of a “might makes right” mentality than a philosophical objection to the idea of God which is quite often motivated by concerns of morality. Thus it is my suggestion and conclusion that the issue of unbelief referred to by “unbelievers” in the Bible is the question of whether there is any validity to the distinction between good and evil, and thus these unbelievers more properly refer to moral nihilists rather than atheists. Now it is true that some of the places in the Bible speak of specifically of those who say there is no God. But then I still have two objections to the identification of this with atheists even so.
- Most modern atheists refute the idea that atheism is a claim that there is no God.
- This was before the distinction made by Camus between those who believe in right and wrong and those who don’t believe in supernatural stuff, and thus this is in a cultural background where the identification between the two was an easy assumption to make, but is no longer valid.