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* 1. Before we get started I want to thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. I am a student in Wake Forest North Carolina and am taking a philosophy course. This survey is geared to those who are agnostic or who are Atheist.I really need the answer to the first 5 because they are for the class and the other questions are just ones that I came up with. Seeing as this is for a class I would like descriptive responses and not just 3 word answers please. Thank you once again for taking the time to fill this out and I am looking forward to your response

1. Most people who are either agnostic or atheist say that there are good reasons to think God doesn’t exist, or that even if he exists you cannot know that he exists. Why do you think atheism/agnosticism (depending on your person) is a better way to look at the world than theism?

* 2. Theists argue that if there is no God there are no moral values that are absolute (e.g. murder is wrong at all times and all places). Do you agree with this? Why or why not? If you think there are absolute values, where are these values from?

* 3. If the universe truly is godless, then we are the products of time plus matter plus chance. Of course, if we are derived from a mindless, valueless process, then one wonders what the meaning of life actually is. What is the meaning of life, and why do you think that is more satisfying than having a life directed by God?

* 4. If we are nothing other than our bodies (no soul…) then it is hard to see how we can have free will (after all, we are nothing other than bodies in motion). However, if there is no free will, then it is difficult to see how we are morally responsible for our actions. Do you think there is free will, and how can we be free if there is no God? If there is no free will, then how are we morally responsible for our actions?

* 5. James Spiegel wrote in The Making of an Atheist that most people are atheists or agnostics because either one or both of the following are true: (1) there was a major disaster earlier in life that made the person angry toward God (perhaps a death of a loved one or disappointment with some people in the church), (2) the person simply does not want God to be a part of their life. Do either of these descriptions fit why you think there is no God? When did you become an atheist/agnostic, and what would you say brought this about?

* 6. When speaking to a Theist, how do you explain away the resurrection of Jesus?

* 7. In Introducting Philosophy of Religion by Chad Meister on page 97 he introduces a fine tuning argument. He states that there are some that have argued that “the fundamental laws and parameters of physics and the initial conditions of the universe are extraordinarily balanced – or “finely tuned” – with just the right conditions for life to occur and flourish and he sites many different examples. If things changed even a little bit in many situations we would not be able to live on this planet. How can you as a atheist or an argnostic who believes there is no God explain the earth being made perfect in many ways for us to live on.

* 8. As an Atheist or a Agnostic, how do you think the world came into being and why?