The Atheist’s Most Painful Confession

cover_believeWe all believe things we can not prove !

Several years ago, I was very impressed when I read the confessions of the various skeptics listed in this book which were first publish on this excellent site:  EDGE

[update: I did this  short post listing some of the most interesting “confessions”]

After reading these scientists’ own “leaps of faith”, I was forced to think deeper of confessions I needed to make.  It was not that I was averse to such admissions, but it was just that there were several areas of my thinking that I had not yet submitted to such scrutiny.

The difference, as I have written here, between the faith of Atheists and the faith of Theists is, what I have termed, The  Sanctification Cloak.    I think it is equally important for Atheists to understand that their minds too have faith items and likewise, for Theists to understand that they have actual doctrines which protect themselves from honest scrutiny.

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4 responses to “The Atheist’s Most Painful Confession

  1. I enjoyed reading your bio. You have quite an amazing background in Religion and Martial arts- among other things.I came across a writer the other day who seems to be a top apologist for Christianity and Theism in general and was wondering if you had come across him:his name is William Lane Craig. If you had I would interested in what you thought of him.

    Best wishes

  2. Yes, I have listen to Craig many times. He false back on the witness of the Holy Spirit in his heart as his main source of truth whenever the argument gets tough. He outright tells his audience that he won’t change his mind no matter how strong or persuasive the argument because the witness of the Holy Spirit is stronger.

    If you are really curious to hear criticisms of Craig, you can visit Common Sense Atheism and search for his name. Or were trying to evangelize me? Did you really, just “come across him” — hard to imagine seeing your website. 🙂

  3. Honestly despite having over 3000 books on theological/Religious themes I had never come across him. I was checking out the different Dawkins, Hutchins, McGrath etc debates on God and he was on the panel of one of them. Some of the comments about him led me to believe he was worth checking out-I then checked him out on Face book and then his blog. He did seem impressive as regards holding on to an evangelical position- which I am. He is also is an old earth believer which is what I believe too.

    Am I trying to evangelise you? Not in the street corner sense! I like to engage with everyone as a friend, exchanging ideas etc. I would of course ultimately want all I meet to come into a real strong relationship with Christ. Like yourself I have been on the road along time which was why I was interested in your spiritual journey. Unlike Bono at 15 I did find in Christ what I was looking for. Hopefully over the years I have become less dogmatic on minor issues but as regards the major ones I have not changed.

    The relationship I have with Christ is like nothing this world can offer and that is why I am passionate, when given the opportunity, to encourage the people I meet to seek him. I have, as you might guess numerous friends of every persuasion from Atheists to Fundamentalists (of which I am not).I would therefore not be true to myself if I did not share with them, which to me are the most wonderful things in my life.

    By the way your blog is amazing and I appreciate your openness to encourage dialogue from all and sundry

    Best wishes

    I will check out common sense atheism too!

  4. Sabio

    Andrew,
    Thanx for the story. You sound like a great guy. You know, if, like Craig, you have this inner experience, then probably like him, there is no need to study arguments because selection bias will only let you believe what re-enforces your preferences. And it all seems to work for you.
    I have written on the imagined “relationship” with Jesus that Evangelicals embrace — I use to be one. I had a deep ‘relationship’ with Christ.

    It is this epistemology issue that is core to the discussion. But let’s say I concede that there is an invisible Jesus (as I use to believe), now we can still talk about what a “relationship” means and can even an atheist have that “relationship”. This gets into soteriological questions — ie, classic positions of exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism … As I supplied links on your site.

    So while you want to bring people to Jesus, I want to draw people to be more inclusive in their theology brains — that is this ex-Christian’s missionology when it comes to Christians.

    Do stop by again, dude. Keep me honest.

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