Is There Really No Evidence of God?

by Seth Dillon

apologetics bertrand_russells_celestial_teapot“That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
– Christopher Hitchens

A dismissive attitude among atheists is nothing new. Hitchens is echoing men like Bertrand Russell, who echoed others before him. The question is whether this dismissive response to Christian theism is justified. Russell, for example, compared the claim that God exists to the claim that a tiny, undetectable teapot was orbiting the sun somewhere between Earth and Mars. While it’s remained quite popular, his analogy draws a false comparison. There are no good reasons to believe a celestial teapot exists. There are, however, good reasons to believe a Creator God exists, and there’s no shortage of reasonable people who think so. To attempt a comparison between an obviously baseless claim and a much more rational, widely held belief is simply dishonest.

Hitchens’ statement is equally dishonest. Who does he imagine is making assertions without evidence? He certainly can’t be referring to the theists who’ve publicly debated him. The truth is that some of the most brilliant minds in history have affirmed time and time again their belief in God on the basis of the evidence they encounter in this universe and in their moral experience. In the words of Sir Isaac Newton, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being.” Countless other brilliant men of past and present generations have agreed with him…


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