Why existentialism ultimately fails

We need meaning outside ourselves, other than ourselves, more than ourselves. We aren’t stable, sufficient, or satisfying sources or manufacturers of meaning.

We need our own stories to belong to a meta Story. We need our art to be a part of a larger Mosaic. We need our music to be a note in a Song bigger than us. Only a relationship with God finally satisfies.

Contrast with the atheist existentialist who says, “We can just create our own meaning and that will be enough.”


“Every prayer is a rebuttal to the ‘look within’ logic of our age. To pray is to acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers in ourselves. We don’t have sufficient wisdom to make complex decisions.” (Brett McCracken)