Like it is meaningless and nonsensical to base a moral framework on material particles and energy according to the philosophy of naturalism…the “free-thinking” moniker adopted by atheism and religious skepticism suffers from the same reduction to meaningless, purposeless, zero value…when placed within an atheistic worldview.
What is the ultimate difference between tyrannical despots in any social relationship…within a family, at our workplace, or as dictator, king, or Pharaoh…telling other people what to do…compared to free-thinking people having unfettered freedom of choice to follow their own independent course…what is the real difference if our autonomous thought processes and free-will extend backwards to being the mere product of the random chance roll-of-the-dice of material particles and subatomic natural forces?
What value does free-thinking have if it connects directly to a universe that is empty of purpose and meaning?
In a non-theistic world devoid of purpose and meaning…based on the incapacity of material particles and energy to possess or to produce a moral framework…on what basis do we make a value-judgment in favor of autonomous free-thinking and independent decision-making…as opposed to obeying and submitting to a tyrant who tells us what to do according to his or her personal whim or pleasure…based on their claim to possess authority by having the worldly physical power to enforce it?
A universe built upon the moral authority of bland and unthinking material particles and energy…has no moral authority.
Here the claim to “free-thinking” by atheists and religious skeptics dissolves itself. Free-thinking in a world having no underlying purpose or meaning…is itself meaningless…is by further extension without value or worth.
Without an independent moral standard to go by…how would we know when it is the right and good thing to submit to authority or not?