Ch. 3- A Violent Truth
This chapter offers a commendation of an existential theory of truth for atheism. Rather than traditional notions of truth such as correspondence or coherence, which remain wedded to the empirical and epistemic world view, I will here propose the question of truth as important for a renewed atheist thought. Here I argue for a notion of truth that places the human in the wider context of its history, world and cosmos. Truth is a reasonable reflection on the reasons for existence, emerging as it does within the dimensions of its shapes, structure and forms, rather than a detached and dispassionate empiricism. The fact that reality is organized simply as it is, demands a reflection on why it is there and how it coheres as it does, in the face of the violent events comprising it. Thinkers featured in this chapter include Plato, Pascal and Nietzsche.