- If God does not exist then the World and human life are meaningless and absurd
- the World and human life are not meaningless and absurd.
- Therefore God exists
- Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton
- The Importance of Religion: Meaning and Action in our Strange World, by Gavin Flood
- The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions, by Alex Rosenberg
Cave accepts that Rosenberg is absurdly OTT (he is of course espousing the extreme Left Brain fallacy) but thinks that Flood goes to far in claiming internal coherence for religions in the face of eg the problem of evil. Again this fails to grasp the fundamental point that any deep understanding of reality has to be paradoxical: and of course modern physics which Rosenberg & al claim to espouse is deeply paradoxical, with no agreed solution to almost all the fundamental problems (eg interpretation of QM, reconciliation of GR and QM, nature of dark matter/energy).
Cave is very sympathetic to de Botton who realises that religions provide much necessary food for the soul, and that de Botton "desperately misses its comforts and consolations." Cave describes the book as "a timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it."
Of course atheists don't have meaningless lives because everyone is made in God's image and is of such infinite value that the Son of God was willing to die in agony for them. But I think it is very hard indeed for atheists to find a real meaning for their lives within their sadly misguided atheistic worldview. Indeed the deep human need for meaning tends to result in many atheists being over-committed to disastrous political ideologies because they desperately need something to Believe In. And by a rather poignant irony, atheists generally have very small numbers of children and so the very people who consider (supposedly) Evolution to be the supreme principle of life are condemned to evolutionary oblivion.