How Batman Proves that God Exists

In August 2018, a couple of articles appeared online that stated that Batman was an atheist. Naturally, as a life-long Batman fan, this “revelation” piqued my interest. After all, it’s not everyday that you hear that your childhood hero holds a philosophical position that is the exact opposite of your own.

Now, obviously, Batman is a fictional comic-book character, so his status as an actual atheist is rather questionable. However, as a thought-experiment, let’s assume that it’s true. Let’s assume that Batman is an atheist. And let’s not only assume that, but let’s also assume that the whole Batman storyline is true in real-life: so, Batman exists, the Joker exists, the whole thing is real. At the same time, let’s also postulate that atheism is true—and here I mean atheistic-naturalism, the most popular Western form of atheism, and, in my assessment, the only viable form of atheism given that it posits that all that exists is the natural, material world.

So, with these assumptions in mind, I will now demonstrate how Batman—that’s right, Batman—can show us that God exists.

To see how this is the case, consider that if atheism is true, then Batman is a fool. Not only is Batman a fool, but the Joker is right. In fact, if atheism is true, then the Joker is more rational than Batman.

Think about it. Night after night, Batman goes out, trying to dispense justice, trying to stop crime, trying to prevent evil. Psychologically, he is a mess: a man who suffers so much that he decides to dress like a bat to avenge what was done to him and to seek justice for others. He does not have a real life, for his whole life is geared towards his existence as the Dark Knight. Indeed, his purpose is to be the Bat: to protect, to save, and to avenge. And morally, he has his uncrossable red-line: he will not kill.

Yet a problem now arises, for on atheism—as Richard Dawkins and many other atheistic-naturalists have told us—there exists no objective or ultimate purpose in life. Nor is there any good or evil, or any absolute morality. Morality, in an absolute or objective sense, does not exist. And even if it did, on atheistic-naturalism, who cares? Nothing, ultimately, is going to happen to you for any pain, suffering, or evil that you cause. There is no afterlife to punish you. I mean, maybe society will punish you, and maybe it won’t—furthermore, you might not even care about such punishment! So, in the end, on such a view, we, as human beings, are fundamentally just meat-machines; we are particles-in-motion, living in a universe that neither knows nor cares about us, or about our pains, or about our purposes. At most, in this uncaring cosmos, we live for our own purposes and for our own fleeting pleasures, if we even live for that. Of course, these are harsh ideas, but if atheism is reality, then these ideas are also true!

But now consider the Joker, especially in light of the harsh truths about atheism mentioned above. Many people think the Joker is insane, but he’s not. Not really. He’s not even a psychopath. At least not necessarily. Rather, the Joker is simply an extremely consistent nihilist, meaning that he’s someone who believes that there really is no such thing as right or wrong, and that life has no real purpose or meaning. Indeed, the Joker, ultimately, is just someone who acts as if the things that Richard Dawkins and other atheistic-naturalists say are really true. The Joker does what he wants. He does not worry about such pedestrian things as morality or the whims of society. He does not let society, or anything else, control him or tell him what to do. He makes his own purposes, and if that includes hurting other human meat-machines, who cares. Ultimately, he won’t be punished for it. It’s not even really wrong in the Joker’s view. After all, on the worldview brought about by atheistic-naturalism, why is another person’s desire to avoid pain any more important or moral than the Joker’s desire to inflict that pain. In the end, it’s not. In fact, as the nature shows us, the Joker’s violence is both natural and entirely consistent with an evolutionary existence that favors power and survival.

Note as well that unlike the sullen Batman, the Joker is perpetually happy. He is constantly laughing. And he gains massive amounts of pleasure not only from the pain that he inflicts on others, but also from the way he lives his life in general. His nihilism brings him great joy. In fact, even when he is caught or imprisoned, the Joker is still laughing and joyous. The punishment against him does almost nothing to minimize the pleasure that he takes in living the way he does.

So, how does all of this show that God exists?

Because, as mentioned earlier, if atheistic-naturalism is true, then the Joker, not Batman, is the rational one! Or, at the very least, the Joker is no less rational than the Batman is.

Again, think about it. Batman pursues justice, even though there is no real or ultimate justice to be had on atheism, either in this life or the next. Batman has a moral code that restricts him and minimizes what he can do, even though, on atheism, his moral code is no more valid than the Joker’s. And Batman suffers, is psychologically broken, and endures endless pain for what is, on atheism, an ultimately meaningless mission. By contrast, the Joker is not sad or pained, but endlessly happy. No matter what happens, his life is a life full of personal pleasure and the fulfilling of the desires that he wants to fulfill. And he has no moral code to restrict him from acting as he wishes. Consequently, on atheistic-naturalism, it is the Joker’s way of life that is arguably better and more rational, or at least as good and rational, as Batman’s way of life is.

Yet, we all know that it is utterly absurd to claim that the Joker’s way of life is either better and more rational, or even equal to, Batman’s way of life. Indeed, it is absolutely obvious that what Batman does, and what Batman has dedicated his life to, is better, more rational, and more praiseworthy than what the Joker does.

And so, we can formulate this point into a more formal argument:

Premise 1: If atheistic-naturalism is true, then the Joker’s way of life is either better and more rational, or at least equal to, Batman’s way of life.

Premise 2: But the Joker’s way of life is not better or more rational, or even equal to, Batman’s way of life. It is absurd to claim that it is.

Conclusion: Therefore, atheistic-naturalism is false.

But if atheistic-naturalism is false—and remember, this is the only form of atheism that we are considering as being viable—then its opposite, namely theism, is true. Thus, God exists.

And that is how Batman proves that God exists.

Until next time, be well.

Non Nobis Christus, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam

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References & Links:  

https://movieweb.com/batman-atheist-dc-comics/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/08/21/holy-atheism-batman-why-superheroes-might-not-believe-in-god/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a5d11ce103bd

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