Is life meaningless? Just a series of random occurrences, chance meetings, with no real design or purpose? At the start of his best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren quotes:
Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.
The most interesting aspect of this quote is that while Warren quotes the Bible extensively in his book, this quote is not from the Bible. It was said by celebrated atheist Bertrand Russell.
People of faith look to God to find purpose and meaning in life, and once found use that to drive them on in their life’s pursuits. So what about people without faith? What on earth are they here for (to paraphrase the subtitle of The Purpose Driven Life)? Even the atheist understands the truth that without God, life has no design or purpose.
I find it interesting that Rick Warren, a dedicated Christian minister, has found a point of agreement with Russell, a devout atheist. Is Bertrand Russel correct, or can we have purpose without God? What do you think?