Keith Augustine is Executive Director and Scholarly Paper Editor of Internet Infidels. He holds a masters degree in philosophy and has special interest in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and history of philosophy. In addition to various articles published on the Secular Web, he has contributed to Skeptic magazine and the Journal of Near-Death Studies. He is currently coediting an anthology with Michael Martin titled The Myth of Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death, and subsequently intends to complete a cross-cultural survey of disbelief in an afterlife throughout human history for the Secular Web.
If a sentient God existed, Augustine argues, then the value that he would attribute to our lives would not be the same as the value that we find in living and thus would be irrelevant. Therefore, we must create our own meaning for our lives regardless of whether or not our lives serve some higher purpose.
By simply being reactive, nontheistic debaters have allowed religious organizations to set the agenda. The time to create a freethought debate circuit, where both sides have fair legal representation and adequate debate preparation, has finally arrived!
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