What do you think of the following argument
“The atheists are only atheists because they want to follow their hedonistic wishes and not do what god tells them to, so there is no reason why we should even listen to their claims”
from a logical point of view? Is there logic in this argument?
1. The truth value of a claim is not determined by the agenda or character of the person making the claim. (ad hominem)
Example: When a company is advertising a product their agenda is to sell the product; does that mean that all their claims are false? Apparently diet soda doesn’t have 0 calories that is just a lie made up by soda companies to sell soda.
2. Your premise implies atheists actually believe in god but deny god’s existence for hedonism, that is contradictory one cannot both believe and not believe something simultaneously. (reductio ad absurdum)
Example: Let’s invert that logic, does that mean all theists are actually atheists who believe in god for comfort.
The premise is false but if it was true it still would not imply the conclusion.
I think my feelings can be best summarized by a quote from Billy Madison:
Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.