If the evidence for God is so strong, why are so many smart people unconvinced?

by Scott Youngren

smart people unconvinced“I want atheism to be true….It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God, and, naturally, hope that I’m right about my belief.  It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.” –Contemporary philosopher Thomas Nagel–

Recently, a reader posted a comment to this website which read “GOD IS NOT REAL” …with a string of obscenities appearing before and after these four words (which I have removed to maintain a PG rating).  It does not take a trained psychologist to perceive that there is more than just bare logic shaping these atheistic views.  If this person had arrived at atheism purely from logical reasoning, he would have calmly posted a response to the arguments posted on this website or would have simply chosen to ignore them.

But this person is hardly alone.  Why do so many people take offense at the idea that there is a God?  Further, why are so many smart people unconvinced despite the wealth of evidence?  And if the evidence is so strong, as this website contends, why isn’t it more commonly known?

R.C. Sproul comments in his book If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?:

The New Testament maintains that unbelief is generated not so much by intellectual causes as by moral and psychological ones.  The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural antipathy to the being of God.  In a word, the nature of God (at least the Christian God) is repugnant to man and is not the focus of desire or wish-projection” [as Sigmund Freud suggested].

Why is the idea of God repugnant to so many people? Sproul continues:

God’s presence is severely threatening to man.  God manifests a threat to man’s moral standards, a threat to his quest for autonomy, and a threat to his desire for concealment.  God’s revelation involves the intrusion and indeed invasion of the ‘other,’ the ‘different,’ the alien and strange to human circumstances.  In a word, it represents the invasion of light into the darkness to which man is accustomed.

The notion of God, put another way, is a threat to humanity’s desire to be free from burdensome moral constraints…to fashion one’s own morals and be the king of one’s castle — answerable to no one.  Jean-Paul Sartre, the French existentialist philosopher, put it succinctly when he said, “all is permissible if God does not exist.”

As a result of the revulsion that so many secular people feel toward the concept of God, there is a strong cultural current present (especially in academia and the media) to suppress or deny any knowledge of him.  At first reading, this may sound like a fantastical conspiracy theory, but the claim becomes more plausible when one consults experts in psychology…

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