“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning…”
― C.S. Lewis
I always liked this quote, and I think it’s probably the best reason to believe in God.
I must be missing something then, because that quote makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
It helps reading it in context. The idea is that if there truly was no meaning to life and the universe, then the question would never have come up for debate- no one would have any reason to argue against it. We would be as animals, looking only for survival and reproduction. That that ISN’T the case, and that we seek meaning in the universe instead implies that we know it exists. If the universe was meaningless, we would take it for granted that it had no meaning, and religion would never have been created.
But I think it’s also important to remember that C.S. Lewis was a former atheist himself. When he talks about atheism, I assume he’s speaking foremost to his own experiences with it. It is certainly possible to believe in meaning as an atheist and to have meaning in your life, but for many people who re-evaluate belief later, it’s a philosophical idea that seems lacking. That’s what I think C.S. Lewis is getting at, and also why the quote speaks to my own experiences. I feel the same about deism.