Atheists and Christians
I have been studying YouTube debates recently between Atheists and Christians trying to justify their beliefs within the rational evidence presented by evolution and the origin of species on Earth.
It seems that the strident Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins dismiss the personal experience of an imminent ( visible ) yet transcendent ( mysterious ) Creator as wishful thinking.
They cite the numerous atrocities of the Old ( & moral deficiencies in the New ) testament as morally reprehensible whilst they consign ideas of incarnation and resurrection to superstitious tosh.
Do you think that the believers recourse to epistemology ( an outer guidance/template ) or a vision of the internal God ( conscience? ) in the good action involving us in the process of creation are evidence enough against the critics of All Faiths?
Swindon Reply from Katherine to Atheist and Christians
Thank you for an interesting question.It's OK To Believe
is the book in which I effectively end up dialoguing between the rational, questioning part of me and the part of me that is profoundly convinced by the faith experience. I know you have a copy of the book. Refer to it for my further answers to your question.
But, briefly, “Are the arguments you put forward evidence enough against the critics of all faiths?”
Nothing within this earth will be evidence enough for the critics of all faiths.
This is because faith in the world is self-justifying.
We look to the world to determine our beliefs. Those beliefs then filter our vision to see only the same things. The process is circular.
I would argue that both good science, including the science of Richard Dawkins, having read a little bit of one of his books, always ask us to expand our vision to entertain possibilities that are not yet accepted within the current paradigm. We then look for evidence to test our theory, and if we find it, we then establish new beliefs.
For me the journey of spirituality is one of engaging in spiritual practice to receive the God of love, and expanding to receive and therefore give out to the world more of that love.
I agree that many of the atrocities of the old Testament are morally reprehensible.
But equally I love the parables in the New Testament precisely because they are immoral within our world view.
They ask us to engage with a level of reality – I would say it is Reality – in which our rigid ideas of good and bad dissolve.
One could argue that forgiveness is immoral or perhaps more accurately amoral.
Forgiveness chooses to believe in a level of innocence that is beyond that of the behaviour. It is only in the peace that comes with that, or an insight, or revelation, that the validity of choosing to believe in that innocence is confirmed.
You will find more on this subject in the articles about the religion science argument
on this website.
And the article on “the World is Illusion” expands on my understanding that the spiritual world is the greater reality than the material world.
“Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen.”
(Hebrews 11:1 -2, Bible quote relevant to atheists and Christians)
Love to your day, Shaun,