This idea of atheism in Kenya and any other part of the world is founded in a loose philosophical ontology. It is senseless to say that you can’t prove that God exists, while at the same time you can’t prove of his non-existence. Paul Feyerabend said that an argument can only be scientific when it is falsifiable. The falsifiability of God’s existence can never be achieved as there is no scientific proof of His nonexistence. So, when you walk on streets, displaying banners that “God does not exist” and that “Jesus is a myth”, then you should give as a logical, philosophical, and scientific argument on the same. Giving us rigmaroles is not convincing enough, not for those who claim that they are free thinkers.
It is funny that that those who proclaim that they are atheists do not portray the atheism characteristics. They are the first to lose the fundamental definition of theism and atheism. Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as “a belief that there is no God.” Some dictionaries even go so far as to define Atheism as “wickedness,” “sinfulness,” and other derogatory adjectives. Clearly, theistic influence taints dictionaries. People cannot trust these dictionaries to define atheism. The fact that dictionaries define Atheism as “there is no God” betrays the (mono)theistic influence. Without the (mono)theistic influence, the definition would at least read “there are no gods.” Atheism is characterized by an absence of belief in the existence of gods. This absence of belief generally comes about either through deliberate choice, or from an inherent inability to believe religious teachings which seem literally incredible. It is not a lack of belief born out of simple ignorance of religious teachings. Disbelief in a proposition means that one does not believe it to be true. Not believing that something is true is not equivalent to believing that it is false; one may simply have no idea whether it is true or not. It is, it is therefore illogical for people who call themselves atheists to proclaim that God does not exist.
I will use some ontologies to prove the existence of God. I call upon those who proclaim that God does not exist to come up with philosophical arguments on the same. In his ontological argument, St. Anselm of Canterbury used philosophical equations to prove that God really exists and that his existence is necessary. Anselm was the first theological philosopher who attempted to reason logically with the existence of God. His basis of the argument was that God is one greatest being that can ever be conceived. The greatness of God, he argues, is one fact that everybody can always comprehend. Even the fools can acknowledge the greatness of God. Anselm was not trying to prove that God exists, but rather he was just working on his meditation. He believes that if everybody including the fool appreciates the knowledge of God’s greatness, then the idea of God’s existence is in our mind. He, however, says that the greatest being is that who exists both in our minds and in reality. That means that if God only exists in our mind, then there has to be another being which is greater than God. But remember, God is the greatest being conceivable.
The summary of chapter two of his book is as follows. There is one superior being, greater than any other being in existence, and this is God. The greatness of God is one thing that everybody acknowledges. The point, therefore, remains that there is nothing superior to God. Secondly, the fact that everybody believes that God is the greatest of all being means that it exists in their minds. However, there is something greater than what exists in our minds, and that is what exists both in our minds and in reality. This means that there is something greater than God. But remember, there is nothing superior to God, and therefore God is both in our mind and reality. So, God is real; hence, God exists.
St. Thomas Aquinas tried to supply the real evidence by providing five tests that should make anybody believe that God exists. In his book, Five Proofs for the Existence of God, Aquinas endeavours to explain the existence of God by referring to the originality of events. According to him, for an existence of any event or anything, there has to be a brainchild or the starter of these events, and the starter is who we refer to as God. Aquinas’s proofs were divided into five different ways:
Way I: We can always prove that things are always moving in this world. The only way anything can move is only when something which was at rest was moved by something which was in motion. This, therefore, means that there has to be a mover of everything and that the mover must be moved by something. We can’t assume that this sequence started from infinity because infinity does not exist in the first place. Therefore, there has to be the first mover, and this is God (Kenny, 2014).
Way II: Aquinas believes that there is nothing that always creates itself. There must always be an ultimate creator. And that creator is God.
Way III: Something must have caused the existence of a contingent being. This something or someone must have been definite to enable it to cause contingent beings. This definite being is whom we call God.
Way IV: Things can be categorised in that on becomes better than the other. In this world of comparison, there must always be something which will better than everything else. This best thing is the one we call God.
Way V: Nature behaves in a way that they are directed towards a given direction. However, most of the natural things do not have the brains to direct themselves towards those goals. There has to be one being that directs them, and that is God.
I, therefore call upon those who proclaim that they are atheist, and that God does not exist to provide a counter reaction to these ontological arguments. I have just started a battle of logic against those who proclaim to be freethinkers, the atheists.