Have Empathy When Gods are Shattered
Holly Wood, PhD 🌹

“Have empathy when gods are shattered…”

Its more like “have empathy when your/their gods are shattered”.

If you do not believe in a God, can you find an objective, coherent moral system which you live by? or do you simply try to invent one yourself? Does Atheism or agnosticism really answer the existential questions that bug thinking people? Or are they ways of “giving up” on those questions (the very thing many atheists say about faith)?

I have struggled with existential questions (and I’m still grappling with them in many ways). But in the process, I’ve found atheism to be logically inconsistent and too much of a void in itself for me to leap into (how can you even be totally sure that there’s no such person as an omni-potent, all knowing, immanent and transcendent God, without knowing what it means to be omni-potent, all knowing, immanent and transcendent? how can it support a moral-legal framework that underpins the functioning of society, one that people can’t simply wave away as ‘subjective’ and ‘not for me’? and a myriad of other questions)

I’ve read things written by former atheists who became Christians, and they also talk about being “troubled about” and “struggling” with the idea that there could be a God- as part of their experience on the way to becoming a believer in God. It appears that this feeling of being emotionally wounded or violently separated from something you have held on to for so long isn’t peculiar to either loosing faith or putting unbelief away. There are people who can empathize with those who have given up on unbelief too.

In the end, I think Kierkegaard’s treatment of existential issues suits me rather well. I recommend his works to anyone who struggles in this area, like I have.