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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Journey to Faith in God

Confessions of a Lapsed Atheist is a wonderful description of a journey from atheism to ... ?
The journey is not finished yet.

Some excerpts ...

Want to know how Atheists see the rest of us?

I grew up learning from my father that Atheism is rational, and therefore, religious belief is irrational; Atheism is defined by logic, religious faith by fantasy; and science is real while religion is make believe. Faith, I was taught, requires a willful stifling of reason.

The Torah, the Gospels, the Qur'an? All woefully inaccurate, laughably inconsistent fictions used to encourage belief in an illusion for the purpose of social control.
You see, for liberal Atheists, the only thing worse than religion is the Religious Right, a term they use to encompass all Christian conservatives. And what better way to siphon fuel from the Religious Right than to convince Americans that the government is perpetually on the verge of becoming a theocracy?
Pope-slandering buffoon Bill Maher, something of a patron saint among Atheists, has called religion "the ultimate hustle." Last fall, Maher's fellow liberal Chris Matthews, a self-described Catholic, roundly criticized Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for talking about prayer in a "secular environment" and complained that she made the Republican Party look more like a church tent than a big tent. In March, Matthews complained, "Why does everything sound like the '700 Club' with this Party now?" Such examples of anti-religious bias can be found every day on cable news, network television, and in the pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

As my politics strayed right of center after college, I realized I wanted no part of that Maher/Matthews worldview based in elitism and the ridicule of others. I made the transition from Atheist to atheist to agnostic, and have since discovered why it is often said that religion is experiential.

There was a time when I would have preferred any manner of torture to admitting the possibility of a higher power. These days, I'm proud to say I lost my faith in the Atheist creed.

A reader replies:

What is assumed by so many today, because it is falsely claimed by Atheists, is that atheism is based on a scientific understanding of the universe. This is incorrect at all levels. Whether we consider the origin of the universe, the origin of life, or the origin of consciousness, science is incapable of answering these questions.

The current answer to the fact that our universe is 'finely tuned' is the cosmological supposition -- based on no evidence at all -- that an almost infinite number of worlds exist, and therefore one of these just **must** have been as finely tuned as the one we live in.

There is no reason to believe in multiple universes, nor in various 'universal constants' differing in these hypothesized universes. The whole idea is a metaphysical belief proposed by an atheist physicist who was admittedly unhappy with the Christian's metaphysical belief system. So he proposed an infinite number of invisible worlds to replace one invisible God. Big deal!

The theories of the origin of life are just as metaphysical, but who's got time for that endless argument.

And finally, there IS NO theory of consciousness in modern science. No one has the slightest idea how an atom or collection of atoms can become aware. Yes, we can design logic circuits, and these can "calculate" but they are not "aware".

Finally, the basis of matter itself in modern science is at question. After forty years of searching for the particle that is supposedly responsible for mass (the Higgs boson, aka "The God Particle") scientists have convinced themselves that the particle will be found this year or next, at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. If it is NOT found (I don't believe it will be) then the basis of the Standard Model of science will be nonsense! This is truly an exciting time for science and for religious belief. (Too bad it's such a pathetic time politically-speaking.)

For an in-depth discussion of these and other relevant issues, I again recommend the book, "The Atheist and the God Particle" by Edwin E Klingman.

After several years in which loud-mouthed atheists published scathing rants about God and religion, there has been a counter offensive by scientifically well informed believers. The above book is an excellent one. Another is "The Wonder of the World" by Roy Varghese. Another very readable book is "The Irrational Atheist" by 'Vox Day'. There are other good ones, but these will get you started.

One of the reasons I began posting pictures of the universe is that they are a manifestation of the God who is so mighty as to create not just all of creation but "reality," yet who cares enough to wish to save us from our transgressions against him and his creation.

Bless us Lord on this your Thy day. And for the test of you, Happy Father's Day.

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