Atheists can be fun. They can be geniuses, morons, but are, just like believers, mostly in-between those two extremes. One species of atheist appears to be those who so firmly believe that God can’t possibly exist that they become, how do we say this gently, hysterical about it. Screeming meemies about it.
One such has a blog titled Evangelical Atheist. Cute title, eh? I’m not going to repeat any of his rants here, just to note that if this site is representative of the state of atheistic thought and practice, woe unto them.
As an American (and I think it is safe to substitute Australian, Briton, or, God help me, even Canadian here), I believe that we must have freedom of conscience in matters of faith. My belief is that God is in control; yours may be that you are. You are wrong, but your having this belief doesn’t unhinge me.
Not so with some atheists. They simply can’t abide that we believers believe. Atheists of course, believe in something just as strongly: the lack of a God. At least that is the sense one gets by sampling the atheistic blogosphere, for which Evangelical Atheist’s site is a decent jumping off point.
The key word is belief, and the next key word is tolerance. Christians and atheists both have religious beliefs. In the atheists’ case, it is that fervent prayer to Whom It May Concern (we Christians call Him God), that the believers in God will simply wake up from their trauma-induced nightmare that there is a God.
One of the threads I’ve found among self-confessed atheists (do they have some version of the Westminster Confession?) is a terrible eagerness to disprove that God exists, or challenge one of us to prove that He does. Most Christians that I know, myself included, would, when posed with such a challenge, fail to fall into the left-brain mode that atheists seem to prefer. I think that we would tend to answer simply, “I know my Savior lives. This is what I believe.” That’s what I’d say, anyway.
At the end of the day, that’s why it is called “faith.”
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