Dear James Embry,Having read your letter to the editor, College is for education, nor Christian teachings, I was given the impression that you find great satisfaction in being able to refute Christianity and other forms of religion.
You may have spent a lot of time researching “cold hard facts” to use against people who have faith in God that you run into throughout your day.
And why wouldn’t an Atheist?
Isn’t the very heart of atheism that there is NO GOD?
And for you to hold such a belief wouldn’t it only make sense for you to share that with others much in the same way that you were approached by two people who have such a faith in Christ?
Now, for your faith in atheism to hold true then that must also mean that YOU are omniscient (i.e. all knowing).
With that said, using simple logic it is safe to say that no man in the known universe could successfully refute that a God exist! And if that holds true then atheism can and has been refuted.
You also mentioned that, “Christianity crumbled in the face of cold hard facts and scientific data.”
For the record I love science!
And I would strongly disagree and say that Science that is applied unbiased actually points to intelligent design as opposed to evolution and/or natural selection.
What is even more interesting is that a majority of scientist in favor of “Intelligent Design” are not even Christian. You also went on to say that, “it was religious thinkers that opposed the idea that the earth was round, that opposed the idea that the earth was not the center of the universe…”
This statement is partially true. However, you aware that the father of modern physics, Galileo, was a Christian and defended heliocentrism?
Furthermore, he believed that the heliocentrism was not contrary to scripture in the Bible! You also said, “It was religious thinkers that opposed equal rights (or even freedom) for African Americans.”
Let me get this right, you’re saying that Martin Luther King Jr., an African American Christian Preacher, was opposed to equal rights (or even freedom) for African Americans?
I just can’t seem to logically follow your own logic.
Something I’ve always found interesting is that French philosopher and avid atheist, Jean-Paul Sartre, had long before his death confessed, “I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured.
In short, a being that only a creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.”
Now, I have to logically ask myself, “Why would such a prominent philosopher and atheist of his time, at the end of his life, come to the conclusion that God exist?”
Also, “how much torment and strife must Sartre have had to gone through all his life to reject atheism towards the end of his life?”
It makes me wonder how many times a man such as Sartre might have even contemplated his own suicide!
Interestingly enough a study on the “Global perspective in the epidemiology of suicide” showed that when looking into religious denominations atheist had the highest suicide rates!
I suppose when you have faith and assurance in NOTHING then you have nothing to live for.
Here’s the part where you ask me, “How can you have faith in Jesus Christ, His death on the Cross, His burial and Resurrection?
How can you be so blind and have a faith in something so illogical, especially if you cant prove that it ever happened?”
Perhaps you’ve caught me on a bad day, and I smile back and say, “Touché!” However, this is not one of those days.
What if I was to ask you if you believed that Thomas Jefferson lived and wrote the Declaration of Independence and later served as the 3rd president of the United States of America?
Logically, I am assuming you would say yes!
How do you know that he did that? Were you there? Did you personally witness it?
The only way that anyone knows that he existed is by personal testimony-physical, verbal, and written.
Ergo, your source better be a great! You say Christianity is illogical and NOT factual. I would argue that it IS factual and to claim otherwise is illogical.
Now if I were to prove to you beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ is the son of God and he died on the Cross as a payment for all sins and rose from the dead, would you then consider having a personal relationship with Him?
If your answer is “NO” then you’re no longer basing your reasoning on intellect and fact, but rather ignorance, pride and moral issues.
If that is the case then perhaps I should issue a challenge to you; I want you to examine intellectually the claim that Jesus Christ is God’s Son.
And chances are if you think I am joking and would like to use this challenge as an opportunity to once again scoff at Christianity then logically you would go to the Bible and look to fully discredit it.
However, if that is the case that implies that you are willing to intellectually read the Bible to factually support your claim that No God exist.
I trust that a man of your intellect will accept this challenge and be willing to first clear up and preconceived biases you have regarding God and faith in Christ.
Carey A. Daugherty