There has been a rise in recent years of prominent intellectual atheists who call themselves ''rationalists'', but the more I think about it, the more they seem to contradict themselves. They talk about being rational, but the way I see it somebody who is rational does not do something that is pointless for its own sake. Yet, although they have basically decided that life is a product of chance and there is no meaning to it, they do not release themselves from this state of being a meaningless organism, on a meaningless planet, in a meaningless universe. In effect, if they were truly rational, they would be driven to suicide. (And yet, most humans consider suicide irrational, and herein lies the paradox.) You could go further and argue that, if they deny God, and deny a spiritual world, they effectively deny their own existence, as there isn't a ''real me'' under such circumstances, as you and all people are just (to quote British theologian Michael Green) ''blobs of protoplasm''.