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Does life have a purpose?

This is really a two-part question that deserves unpacking. The first part is: "Did the emergence of life in the universe have a purpose?" In brief, atheists believe that it did not. Atheists would prefer that life have a purpose just as theists would. However, just wishing something to be true does not make it true. Atheists believe that any meaning that we can derive from life can only be done here and now.

This brings us to the second part of the question: "Do our lives have purpose?" Each of us, atheists and theists alike, want to achieve something in our lifetime. Purpose can be anything from finding happiness to raising kids to ending hunger and suffering. This is the kind of purpose we each find in our own lives. From this perspective, life most definitely has a purpose!

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