by Justin Brierley
It’s the holy grail of all theologians… an iron-clad, irrefutable argument for the existence of God. Yet somehow, the knock-down proof that would convince an atheist like Richard Dawkins or Stephen Fry remains tantalisingly out of reach.
For those of us who approach God with a mainly right-brain-hemisphere mentality (i.e. show me the evidence, not your fuzzy feelings) the lack of a foolproof argument can be frustrating.
Yes, there are lots of good arguments for God which, taken together, in my opinion, make it more rational to believe in Christianity than to not believe. These would include the cosmological argument, the fine tuning argument, the moral argument and the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. And there are many more besides.
But none of these arguments on their own, or even taken as a whole, will force anyone to believe.
For nine years I’ve run a weekly radio show which hosts debates between believers and sceptics (find it here) In all those years I’ve seen the arguments for God presented and debated from just about every angle imaginable. I find the evidence persuasive, but most of the atheists who come on to debate with the Christians guests do not.
The reality is that, no matter how watertight our argument may be, there is always room for one more objection. In short there is always room for doubt. No one will be forced, on the basis of the evidence alone, to believe…
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