|Oct. 13th, 2007 @ 04:30 pm To Yon Atheists in the back row.|
|You claim "insufficient proof" for the existence of God.|
In light of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the human race believes in some form of supreme Being, and a large percentage of that number not only consider the evidence for His existence to be overwhelmingly persuasive but openly testify to a personal encounter and experience with Him, I think that the problem here is that the body of evidence presented is only insufficient for you.
And in light of your biases, it is doubtful that anything short of the Second Coming would constitute "sufficient evidence" for you.
You have too much invested in NOT believing to ever contemplate the alternative with any seriousness.
First, your ego. Bull us no crap, but every single atheist on earth, yourself included, clings, openly or secretly, to his atheism like it was an olympic medal... proof of his or her not-so-secret superiority to the rest of us superstitious ignorants.
This isn't an "attack," it's a self-evident fact. When you think we're not paying attention we catch you out at it, too.
Some few atheists may give lip service to "respecting beliefs," but their unguarded dialogue (Yes, we read your columns and editorials from time to time. Little suggestion: Try not to act so surprised when people accuse you of believing what you write down) and visible actions make it clear that they regard deists as inferior, primitive, and even as a sort of barbarian at the gates threat to "human progress and enlightenment." They gain a sense of superiority from regarding all of us as no better than the Boonga Boonga drum-pounding tribal witch doctor. (Yes, we've seen the slogans and logos, too. Darwin fish, Flying Spaghetti Monster, "Imaginary Friends," etc. Another little suggestion: you want us to believe you respect our beliefs, try cutting back on the T-shirt and bumper sticker slogans.)
Second, your denial. Even contemplating God as a possibility puts you in the VERY unpleasant position of having to consider what, if any, relationship you have to this Supreme Being. Because even if God is nothing more than some vast, distant, uninterested entity, the very awareness of His existence would obligate you to seek him out. The same as a scientist is driven to plumb the depths of space or the inner mechanisms of the atom; the same as an abandoned, adopted child is driven to seek his birth-parents.
But you won't have that. So you fall back on the atheist catechism: "religion != science, God=religion, therefore God isn't scientific. In conclusion, that means no scientific proof of God exists...." Voila! you made all the naughty evidence go away. (And for your next trick, you'll prove black=white just in time to get trampled in a zebra stampede.)
As another Christian noted: Why is it that someone viewing the evidence and becoming an evolutionist/atheist considered proof of their intellectual superiority..... while someone else viewing all the evidence and being persuaded to believe in God is proof of their ignorance?
(answer: bias. Even if there are only a handful of avowed atheists, they are the natural symbiotic partners of those who merely believe and shun Him. They make each other more comfortable. And it isn't exactly a community of humble-faced Methodists running Hollywood and Madison Avenue, is it?)