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Sunday, June 10, 2012

More faith to be an atheist than a Christian

by Matthew Warner

Friday, June 08, 2012

 Atheists belittle beliefs that are based on faith. Yet when I look around the world, I find atheism requires much more of a leap of faith than my Christianity.

 When I come across a finely prepared meal on a table, it would be quite a leap of faith to believe that nothing put it there. And it would be far more reasonable to believe that something must have put it there. So it is with all of creation.

 Yet, somehow these days believing (the obvious) that somebody put it there is seen as just a bunch of hocus pocus mumbo jumbo unscientific nonsense. After all, when we arrived, the meal had already been prepared. Did you see somebody prepare it? Do you have any scientific evidence to support your claim? No. Therefore, (so goes the popular illogic) it is much more reasonable to conclude that nobody prepared the meal until such proof presents itself.

 Let me tell ya. That's faith alright. It's also irrational faith.

 Christianity involves reason and faith, too. Yet Christian faith is not irrational. In Christianity, reason takes us far and then faith takes it from there. But they never contradict. Faith is a vehicle that takes us beyond the grotesquley small limits of our own prison of reason - but is never a substitute for it. Which is an amazing and beautiful thing, because relying only on the reasoning capacity of a small, limited brain makes for a small, limited world. Faith (based upon sound reason, of course) is your ticket to a much more meaningful meal - and all of the things that come with it.

 Good faith - a Christian faith - takes you truthfully beyond your reason. Bad faith is simply un-reasonable. Big difference.

 Anyway, this is one of the many poetic points Fr. Pontifex makes in his latest spoken word piece produced by Spirit Juice Studios.

Check it out:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/matthew-warner/more-faith-to-be-an-atheist-than-a-christian

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