The Reformation conflict between the old-guard doctrine and teaching of the sixteenth century Roman Catholic church that people should submit and be obedient to authority…as defined by the leadership of the church in the form of popes, bishops, and priests…versus the new Protestant approach of translating the Latin Bible into the common languages so people could read it for themselves and make up their own minds…this entire galactically important issue is itself meaningless and utterly nonsensical if in fact God does not exist.
Independent free-thinking is superfluous on any and all subjects…including philosophical atheism…if material particles and energy are the sole basis for intellectual thought and moral reasoning.
To have any meaning, value, and sense there must be an independent moral standard to go by…an intelligent agent God as an arbiter.
Material particles and subatomic energy do not qualify as rational arbiters…no matter how much professing atheistic materialists would like this to be true.
Non-theism actually removes the supporting virtue of independent free-thinking…by bringing free-thinking down into the meaningless realm of bland and thoughtless particles and energy…somehow theoretical coalescing over eons of time according to Darwinism…into this exceedingly complex dichotomy of opposing viewpoints of either submission to tyrannical authority on one extreme or free-will independent thinking on the other extreme.