In a conversation with several other Christians, someone mentioned some atheists who are declaring themselves de-baptized. They have a hokey ceremony incorporating a hair-dryer, and witnesses, and a celebrant: the whole nine yards.
It can’t be done, of course, any more than pigs could fly. Once baptized, always baptized.
A young Evangelical in the company responded, “You gotta wonder: if they are really atheists, *why do they care*?” We all exploded in laughter. Someone else said, “It just goes to show you that despite what they say about baptism being meaningless superstition, in their hearts they don’t really believe it is.”
You can’t rebel against something you know does not exist.
As you can’t rebel against something you know does not exist, neither can you seek or serve something you believe does not exist.
Atheism involves the denial that there is an absolute Good, or an absolute Truth. But as they proceed from one moment to the next of their lives, atheists contradict that denial by trying to be good, and trying to understand. They care whether or not they are good, and whether or not they are right.
They have no really viable alternative to this, for there isn’t any other way to stay alive than by trying to be sagacious and prudent. So atheists show forth in their lives the opposite of what they say with their lips; and this is enough to demonstrate that what they say with their lips, they do not believe in their hearts. A true atheist would never give either theism or atheism a moment’s thought.
In his heart, and in his life, every man acts as if theism is true; or else, he dies. Atheism, then, is just a pose, rather like pretending you take pleasure from modern art.