Why I'm Not An Atheist.
A new blog post on the church's web site and this is what he chooses for his first article? Yep.
As in every generation, unbelief is the greatest threat to Christian faith. In years past, this unbelief took the form of various types of apostasy. But now the most recent and, according to polling data, fastest growing form of unbelief is atheism. And despite Penn Jilette's most recent attempt to convince those who would listen that atheism is actually a benign form of agnosticism, the technical definition of atheism is an assertion that God does not exist. Working with this definition, I want to give you the reasons why I am not an atheist.
From a theological point of view, I am not an atheist because God has given me faith. While this statement will be easily dismissed by some, it is impossible to disprove.
Logically, it makes more sense to believe that something created something from nothing than that nothing created something from nothing. It's nothing new to argue for a "first cause" and claim that "first cause" is God. What I am saying is a little different. I am not arguing FOR a creator; I'm arguing against claims that there is no creator. If there is no creator (or nothing outside of the created order that is responsible for the created order), then this universe came into existence spontaneously through a process we have not discovered. And that's just it: the process of creation has not been discovered because it is not going on now. Even those who claim atheism will believe in a Big Bang; one singular moment when everything came into being. And so the claims of atheists are even less believable than that nothing creating something from nothing is more likely than something creating something from nothing. Atheists actually assert that it makes more sense that nothing created everything through a natural process that has never been repeated in over ten billion years than that something created everything.
I've had the privilege of being able to study the doctrine and sacred writings of Christianity for all of my adult life. As I grow in my intellectual understanding of all things Christian, I see a greater cohesion and consistency. When I listen to the best and brightest atheists argue their points, I do not see cohesion and consistency, I see a philosophy designed to give its adherents permission to engage in behaviors condemned by alternative (theocentric) philosophies. The Christian faith, as I have learned it and have studied it, is primarily interested in the truth; atheism appears to me to be a means to an end (the "end" being libertinism).
Not only does the existence of matter point to a creator, but the complexity in the arrangement of the matter points to a designer. The universe is, for all intents and purposes, an infinitely complex system. Human beings are also, for all intents and purposes, infinitely complex. We have no examples in nature of matter arranging itself in increasingly complex systems naturally. To say that it all just came together either ignores the complexity of "it all," or it believes in a process (matter arranging itself in increasingly complex systems "naturally") not found currently in the created order. Neither position has integrity.
The resurrection of Christ is an historical event that has no natural explanation. A man comes back from the dead never to die again. An atheist would either have to deny the resurrection of Christ as history (good luck with that ), or claim that a dead person has the power to bring himself back from the dead; something that we do not observe happening today and for which there is no natural explanation. Occam's Razor.
And there you have it; five reasons why I am not an atheist.
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