Is there anything in the atheistic worldview that rationally grounds human rights?

Support for free speech in different countries
Support for free speech in different countries (Source: Pew Research)

I think it’s useful for Christians in America to look at what is happening to Christians in other countries, so that we can understand what the future holds for us. Most other countries are further along the road to secularism than America is, so you can how a secular government reacts when a Christian exercises his or her free speech rights in public.

Here’s an example from Finland:

A Christian politician who is under police investigation for sharing a Bible verse on Facebook has spoken out about her shocking ordeal.

In June, Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen called out the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for its participation in the Helsinki Pride events, sharing a passage from Romans 1 to prove her point.

As a result, authorities opened an investigation into Räsänen, who is a member of The Christian Democrats party and also the former Minister of the Interior.

Speaking to Faithwire, Räsänen said that she was motivated to share the scripture after hearing her church denomination had decided to endorse events that are in contradiction with God’s word.

She perceives that the government’s criminal investigation of her “offensive speech” will cause other Christians to be frightened about speaking out against sin in public:

One of the most shocking elements of this case is that the authorities have decided to charge the politician with “agitation against an ethnic group” — an accusation that she believes is not only false, but also something that will also have grave ramifications for the Finnish Christian community and freedom of religion as a whole.

“Already the fact that a police investigation has been started and there is a suspect of a crime has a significant effect to freedom of speech and religion in practice,” she told Faithwire.

“I am worried that the police investigation has had a chilling effect among Christians. It seems that many Christians in my country are now hiding and going to the closet now that the LGBT-community has come out to the public.”

The politician said she was concerned that Christians will become increasingly less inclined to share scripture on public platforms out of a fear that they are will be arrested for offending a certain group of people.

Wow, she’s right about that. Unfortunately, in America, I have yet to see pastors in any church I’ve attended warning people about the loss of liberties that Christians experience when they are ruled by atheists. And I attend conservative PCA and SBC churches, although I would not attend an SBC church any more.

Here’s another story from South Africa, where a Christian doctor has lost his medical license for merely expressing pro-life views:

A hearing by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) against an anti-abortion doctor got off to a rocky start and had to be temporarily adjourned on Tuesday in Cape Town.

Jacques de Vos, 32, is facing charges of unprofessional conduct and was prohibited from practising medicine due to his views on abortion.

The former intern at 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg allegedly told a patient more than two years ago that a foetus was a human being. He allegedly likened abortion to killing an unborn human, while working for the gynaecology division during his intern year.

At the hearing it emerged that De Vos was only a week short of finishing his medical degree before he did his community service.

South Africa is a communist country, which means that the rulers of the country are atheists. Communism is an atheistic ideology that does not recognize human rights. This is because in order to have human rights, you need a God to design the universe with those rights, such that other humans have to respect those rights. Atheism starts with an accidental universe, and finishes with humans that evolved accidentally, through a process of evolution that was random and unplanned. So, it’s not surprising to see governments in atheistic countries mistreating Christians, and using the power of government to compel them to act like atheists.

It would be nice to see leaders in churches setting aside some time to warn Christians about the dangers of being ruled by atheists. But what I see happening with young people is that atheism is being sold to them as glamorous through false ideologies. Socialism, which has only ever made people poor, is presented to them as a solution to poverty. The Southern Baptist church that I recently attended was mostly concerned with opening up our borders to refugees and illegal aliens, and equalizing incomes by giving power to a secular government. If it were up to me, they’d be focused on evidential apologetics, rolling back radical feminism, and explaining how the free market system produces prosperity. But they have other priorities. By the time Bible-believing Christian leaders realize that anything is going on, it will be too late to stop it.

5 thoughts on “Is there anything in the atheistic worldview that rationally grounds human rights?”

  1. Your last sentence raises a question- do our Christian leaders care to stop anything, other than challenges to their image of respectability? Sure, they see your outlook as kooky, so haven’t given it serious thought, but even if they did, how many would decide to fight, and equip their parishioners to do the same?
    I too, go to a conservative PCA church. I keep reading how 65% of evangelicals supported Trump last time, but don’t see how that number can be true. Most of the conservatives of my 500 member church are virulently anti-Trump and very open about refusing to vote for him next year. Big on open borders and increasing diversity in church and getting women as much non-pastoral presence as they can find for them.


    1. Yes, this is what I see as well. And when you tell people about it, they just say that the Bible says that church is mandatory, and that you have to attend and keep putting money in the offering plate. You can’t ask whether the church leaders are doing a good job or not, that’s not permitted.


  2. In answer to the question posed by the title: on atheism, we’re all just molecules in motion. And molecules can’t be moral.

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  3. “The most abundant element in the universe is hydrogen. The hydrogen atom, like all atoms, is composed of a nucleus orbited by a(n) electron(s). The most likely orbit of the electron in a hydrogen atom, according to the Bohr model, is about 5.3 X 10-11 meters. The volume of the hydrogen atom then is about 6.24 X 10-31 cubic meters. The single proton that makes up the nucleus of the hydrogen atom has a volume of about 4.19 X 10-42 cubic meters. Hydrogen’s single electron’s volume is approximately 9.2 X 10-44 cubic meters. If we compare the sum of the volumes of the electron and the proton to the volume of the entire hydrogen atom, the proportion of that atom that is empty space is 99.999999999314%!”


    The particles that are believed to compose particles behave as points with no volume. What appears as volume is due to the distances between adjacent particles.
    It seems to me that the universe is composed of space inside the primordial speck, which is a hollow point of no volume.
    God’s imagination perhaps?


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