Take atheism for a test drive!
By Scott Youngren
It’s time to take atheism for a test drive…a spin around the block!
Contrary to common atheist rhetoric, the Christian Bible encourages people to logically scrutinize everything, rather than to accept things based upon blind faith. As 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (in the Christian Bible) puts it, “Test all things; hold fast to that which is good.“
And, as 1 Peter 3:15 puts it, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
The misperception that atheism is based upon logic, and that Christianity is based upon blind faith, is the result of a deceptive definition of faith. Specifically, atheists frequently portray Christian faith as blind faith, as opposed to well reasoned faith. Atheists try to shield their faith from logical scrutiny by portraying Christianity as blind faith, but atheism as non-faith. But this is just a smokescreen. As the Christian apologist and Oxford University mathematician John Lennox puts it:
“Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence… It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.”
In fact, it is impossible to live without faith. It is just a question of what one chooses to place their faith in. For example, no person can know for certain that their employer will continue to provide a paycheck. And yet, the vast majority of people who have jobs continue to go to work based upon the well reasoned faith that their employers will continue to pay them. No person who fails to make this leap of faith will keep their job for very long.
Atheism is based upon the faith that everything can be explained in terms of matter….such as atoms and molecules. This is the philosophical view known as materialism. Conversely, theism is based upon the faith that everything can be explained in terms of a creative mind (God).*
The real world is the testing ground for worldviews
In order to determine which of these faiths is the more well reasoned faith, one needs to subject both faiths to some testing. And when it comes to testing worldviews, it is the real world which serves as the testing ground.
As it turns out, materialism fails to explain several crucial aspects of reality…
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