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Since it does not matter whether or not atheism is true, I may as well be a Christian

I've been reflecting on atheism lately and specifically the possible lack of any objective reason for why it is good to know the truth in the case that atheism is actually true.

I came up with a small philosophical argument for this:

(1) From the perspective of a Christian, it matters whether or not Christianity is true. This is in part because if it is true then I was intended and my life has objective meaning and purpose.

(2) From the perspective of an atheist, it does not matter whether or not atheism is true. This is in part because if it is true then I was not intended and my life does not have any objective meaning or purpose.

(3) Furthermore, there is no objective value to knowing the truth if atheism is true.

Therefore:

(4) Since it does not matter whether or not atheism is true, I may as well be a Christian.

Unfortunately I would wager that many Christians have a faith in Christianity mainly due to the sort of reasoning described above. Personally, I think that it is important to have a solid philosophical foundation for a well-reasoned Christian faith. Nonetheless, different people believe for different reasons but this sort of argument is in my view a pretty good reflection on why atheism is not a hopeful philosophy, even if it is somehow true.

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