Dear atheists, believing in God is nothing like believing in Santa

by Andy Bannister

I wonder if you’ve ever seen someone write – perhaps in a comment box on Facebook – something like “I don’t believe in the tooth fairy, I don’t believe in Father Christmas, I don’t believe in God.”

I regularly encounter this, particularly around Christmas. It comes from smug atheists – not every atheist – just a few, who think that belief in God is childish and immature just like belief in Santa Claus.

So is belief in God like belief in Santa Claus?

Well the simple answer is no. I could take you to almost any university library anywhere in the world and we could wander through the philosophy section and find hundreds of books written by respectable, academic and serious philosophers discussing and debating the existence of God. You wouldn’t find the equivalent section for Father Christmas.

Secondly, it’s interesting to note how my atheist friends don’t write books with titles like The Santa Delusion. Even Richard Dawkins and his friends know belief in God is not like belief in Santa Claus.

I often like to conduct this experiment …

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Dear atheists, believing in God is nothing like believing in Santa