Summary: The arguments for God demand examination. (Part 2 on a series dealing with atheism)
DOES GOD BELIEVE IN ATHEISTS?
C: Rational belief in God
Pr: THE ARGUMENTS FOR GOD DEMAND EXAMINATION.
The ____ argument for God is…
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Acknowledge it takes faith to be an atheist.
• Acknowledge that God has given adequate evidence.
• Acknowledge that science is not the only way to obtain knowledge.
• Find God and believe.
RMBC 18 November 07 AM
Last Sunday, we were introduced to a group called the “new atheists.”
Though there are many, these three, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens, stand out because they have written best sellers over the past three years.
These new atheists are nothing less than evangelistic, and are, in a way, militant.
They will not let anyone off the hook simply because they are not neutral regarding theism.
They condemn not just belief in God, but respect for belief in God.
Religion is not only wrong; it’s evil.
A battle has been joined to wipe religion off the map.
Not all atheists agree with the tone of these “new atheists.”
An atheist and Associate Professor from Georgetown University Jacques Berlinerblau questions, “Can an atheist or agnostic discuss any aspect of religion for more than 30 seconds without referring to religious people as imbeciles, extremists, mental deficiencies, fascists, enemies of the common good…(or) irrationalists?”
Harris, Dawkins and Hitchens seemingly cannot.
But I do not question why.
It makes sense to me.
1. Loyal Darwinists understand the implications of their belief.
They understand that…
1.1 There is no God.
ILL Evolution (S)
As Richard Dawkins puts it…
any creative intelligence, of sufficient complexity to design anything, comes into existence only as the end product of an extended process of gradual evolution.
And as a result of the “fact” there is no God…
1.2 There is no life after death.
1.3 There is no foundation for morality.
1.4 There is no purpose to life.
ILL Proof (H)
There was a philosophy professor teaching a course and he warned the class he was going to give them a test. When the day came, he entered the classroom, wordlessly placed his chair on the table and, turning to the blackboard, wrote, “Prove to me this chair does not exist.”
Most of the nervous students began intently scribbling out long dissertations. But one member of the class wrote down just two words, and then handed his paper to the teacher.
The professor had to smile when he read the student’s answer: “What chair?”
I think that is often what happens when a determined atheist is asked to…
2. Consider the evidence (Psalm 19.1-6).
Consider the evidence.
And when that is encouraged, the atheist says, “What evidence?”
But the psalmist says…
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,