atheists .... But that does not mean they automatically think that humanity or the material world is any more important than you do.
"Than I do"? Oh yes, there is a huge difference between how I and Atheists view humanity and the material world. Humanity/self is so important to Atheism that it raises them as gods.
Not by definition. Its quite possible not to believe in god and think humanity is a bunch of losers as well, and not particularly care if it goes extinct, or anything else you might expect from a "humanist".
But your response doesn't go to the difference between believers like me who would never raise humanity or self to gods and atheists who do.
We all know and experience various immaterial realities do indeed exist...such as love, goodness, evil, and memory to name a few.
Love, memories, and the perceptions/opinions of good and evil do materially exist. They are in chemical form in your mind.
No sale. surgeons can't operate and remove chemicals that are love, memory, good and evil. Maybe in Hollywood or in fantasy video games. Atheists denial of God predicated on what is known as the Naturalist worldview is filled with incoherencies and contradictions becasue of their abject inability to account for various immaterial realities was my point and that still stands.
That a given action is good or evil is meaningless if God does not exist. Same thing with right and wrong (morality). Yet, Atheists tell us they are good people who do believe in right and wrong.
Not at all. There is no way to test what is good and evil. It is ultimately your own opinion. Even if you believe in god, you have to make up your own mind on what you think he thinks is good and evil. .....
This is an example of an an incoherence at work within Atheistim and Moral Relativism. This is explained by asking a question. What possible meaning can "good" have in a truly Atheist world in which God does not exist? It's meaningless...you've got chaos.
Even if you believe in god, you have to make up your own mind on what you think he thinks is good and evil. The Catholic church certainly doesn't agree on every single moral issue, millions of its followers clearly do not think it morally wrong to use birth control or even abortion.
As to your first statement..."Even if you believe in god, you have to make up your own mind on what you think he thinks is good and evil"....
Nope, not even close.
How do we know what God revealed as good and evil...by practicing His religion which is the virtue by which we give to God the honor and service, worship due to Him alone as our Creator, Master and Supreme Lord.
In order to practice this virtue, we must believe all the truths revealed by God. In religion we learn what is right and what is wrong. We learn what God commands us to do.
It is by practicing God's revealed Christian religion that we fulfill the purpose that we were created....to know, love and serve Him. By believing what God has revealed, we know God. By knowing God, we cannot help but love Him. By practicing what we learn and obeying His commands, we serve Him.
God has set His Commandments, His Moral Code before us. God sent Christ and we learn to know, love and serve God from Jesus Christ, Who teaches us through the Church He established upon St.Peter, the Catholic Church.
Christ teaches us how to know (what is good and evil), love and serve Him by establishing His religion, Christianity, the authentic Christian Faith, or Catholicism.
As to the second statement..."The Catholic church certainly doesn't agree on every single moral issue, millions of its followers clearly do not think it morally wrong to use birth control or even abortion"..
God's infallible truths are set down in the infallible Bible and in matters of faith and morals are themselves infallible doctrines held by Christ's Church. The Church infallibly teaches the Ten Commandments. She tells us infallibly what the Law means. That her members don't follow her teachings on every moral issue is not because the Church doesn't teach them, but because they for what ever reason don't want to hear the Church and obey God's laws.