The Mutual Exclusivity of Atheism and Math

1 Samuel 15:29 (HCSB)
“…the Eternal One of Israel does not lie or change His mind, for He is not man who changes his mind.”

Back in September of 2014, I posted a blog entitled Asking for Proof Undermines Atheism. The main point of the article is evident in its title. Atheism is undermined by the atheist whenever the atheist asks for proof. Here’s one of the points that I made…

“…atheism does not permit for the existence of any definitive objectivity, nor any absolute standards of any kind. In other words, in such a paradigm, there are no fixed or true points of reference. Everything is governed by chaos. There is no grounding with which to rest any postulate. Such a paradigm forever demonstrates that the future could never be like the past, therefore nothing could ever be known, nor less proven.”

In other words, in the atheist’s paradigm, only mutability or inconsistency exists. Anything that is immutable or consistent, such as a fixed point of reference, is incoherent in such a template. As I said above, “There is no grounding with which to rest any postulate.” Since there is no opportunity for the existence of the attribute of immutability in an atheistic world, it then follows that that which is immutable by nature, therefore cannot be in said world…

This leads to a question:

So, what else, for example (due to its immutability), also cannot exist in the atheistic model… besides God?


Math, like God, has the attribute of immutability. It is unchanging. Therefore, it can be relied upon. It is the means by which proper thinking, science, and economics (amongst many other disciplines) may be accomplished. However, by virtue of its complete absence of immutability, atheism by default renders its view of reality and math as mutually exclusive. In other words, just as atheism and God are mutually exclusive, the atheistic paradigm and math also both cannot occur at the same time due to the essence of their opposite natures.

The Bible teaches us that there are no atheists. Every person knows that God exists (Romans 1:18-32) because every person is an image bearer of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Not only does the “atheist” know that God exists, but the “atheist” also knows that math exists. The “atheist,” true to his/her chaotic and incoherent worldview, attempts to have the mutually exclusive coexist. The “atheist” attempts to embrace math while denying its attribute of immutability.

C. S. Lewis in “The Case for Christianity,” p. 32., famously addressed the absurdity of atheism by taking it to its natural conclusion…

“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”

In other words, atheism… just doesn’t add up.

Psalms 14 (HCSB)
“The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”
They are corrupt; they do vile deeds.
There is no one who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race
to see if there is one who is wise,
one who seeks God.
All have turned away;
all alike have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good,
not even one.
Will evildoers never understand?
They consume My people as they consume bread;
they do not call on the Lord.
Then they will be filled with terror,
for God is with those who are righteous.
You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is his refuge.
Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of His people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!


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