Atheism

Atheism or God? You are the Detective

by Steve Ray on October 6, 2013

Atheism is growing in America and in the world. But is there a good reason for its popularity? Do they know something we don’t know or do they just not want “a God” to tell them what to do? Is it reasonable to be an atheist? Which takes more faith: atheism or theism (belief in a God)?

I gave a talk this week called “Atheism: What You and Your Kids Need to Know.” We will eventually have this talk for sale on our site. The talk was fun and hard-hitting. In a simple way I helped the audience understand the reasons and implications for atheism and theism. 

You are the detective and you have clues. There are very few possible options so it makes it quite easy. The 3-page chart below helps you work through the clues. It is the chart I used in my talk to help people look at the clues and decide for themselves. Hope you find it helpful.

Click image to see the whole 3-page chart

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God is alive! These 3 million young people celebrate the fact!

For over a hundred years we’ve heard the foolish obituary, “God is dead!” The Enlightenment enlightened us to this truth and told us we were alone in the Universe. No God! We men are in charge and the center of all things. We shape our destiny, we create meaning for our existence, we can rid ourselves of old-fashioned religion and squash the Catholic Church (the source of our oppression and dillusions).

But now we are in the 21st century and the young people in Brazil with others flocking in from around the world have a message for the dusty old philosophers: “God is not dead! We experienced him on the beaches of Copacabana!”

It was not the white haired grandmothers or the sour-faced religious types flooding the streets in numbers beyond belief – it was young people from nearly every country in the world that flocked to see the Pope and to celebrate the Catholic Faith. They pulsed with a religious fervor and enthusiasm. They ignore the foolish materialism and secularism of the elite.

They were there to experience the living God and to hear his vicar on earth. They were there to celebrate the same Mass that had been celebrated by the Apostles and the first Christians – and done so continuously for 2,000 years. The Pope said these young people are our future. He is right. And they are right – they’ve scorned the secular ideologies and “God is dead”.

They want and have found the truth. Religion is not dead. Secularism is dead. The Catholic Church is more relevant and alive today than ever.

I am proud to be a Catholic!

From Steve Ray in Lourdes France. I am watching thousands upon thousands of folks on the other side of the planet from Brazil, also reveling in the Faith of the Church and many of them being healed by the power of the very God who exists and is working in the world in the 21st century. Picture below taken this morning at the Grotto of Bernadette.

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In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replies, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”

“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

The other says, “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”

The other replies, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”

“Mother?!” You believe in mother? Where is she now?”

“She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”

“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

To which the other replied, “sometimes when you’re silent you can hear her, you can sense her. I believe there is a reality after delivery and we’re here to prepare ourselves for that reality.”

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