On February 18 I responded to a challenging tweet from a Christian by the name of Christopher Andrus. We tweeted back and forth a bit and he invited me to read two articles on the website Christianity is True. It is his own blog and the articles he invited me to read are: “Evidence & arguments for the Existence of the God of the Bible” and “Ten Widely-believed Fallacies Today“. He asked me to read these articles when I asked him what convinced him that Christianity is true. I have good reason to say that Christianity isn’t true but to humour him, I decided to read his articles to see if they answered my questions. They didn’t and when I returned to Twitter to ask him about that, he simply didn’t respond despite me repeating my question.
For those of you who like to read my blog, you’ll know I like to take answer these “Questions for atheists” lists that believers publish. They seem to think that these questions are clever, insightful and sure to stump any atheist. More often than not they are actually the opposite. Inane questions that are filled to the brim with presuppositions, lack of current scientific understanding and extremely leading are the norm. Nothing that would stump most atheists because we’ve thought about all these things and more often that not, that’s why we’re atheists.
The following list apparently appears in Dr. Norman Geisler’s book “Conversational Evangelism” and if it’s any indication of the quality of rest of the book, my advice would be to steer clear of this title. So without further ado, here is the list of “clever” questions for atheists!
Is atheism a religion? At first glance, this seems like a strange thing to ask. Yet when you debate believers, mainly Christian apologists, you’ll find that many actually claim that atheism is no different from any other religion. They also claim that atheism requires faith, as much or even more so than their own religion does. For instance, David C. Pack does this in a video I have blogged about earlier. So is atheism a religion? Let’s find out.
Well, this research certainly explains something about why debates with theists are usually pointless. If they don’t engage their analytical potential…
Many people of faith see their holy book as proof, as a text that shows their faith is true. After all, their holy text is the word of God. Unfortunately, most if not all faiths claim that their holy book is the word of God. Logically they can’t all be correct (though they could all be wrong). However, using their holy book as proof of their faith is not a valid approach. Let’s have a look at why holy books aren’t proof that a faith is true.
Many masses and prayer meetings that I attended when I was still a Christian involved prayer requests, which meant that members of the congregation put forward certain issues that they wanted the assembly to pray for. Quite often, such request would be along the lines of “Mrs X is still struggling with cancer and she would like us to pray for her again” or “Mr X still hasn’t managed to find a job”. Even as a believer, these requests and these unanswered prayers struck me as very peculiar.
I had a discussion today on Google+ (yes, there are people using it) about the existence of hell and why atheists would choose to go there. Apparently the argument “I don’t believe in hell” didn’t go down too well because the response was along the lines of “You don’t believe in hell because you don’t like it.” Continue reading “The difference between atheism and faith”