Dennis Prager… who is no fool…
When I was a Bible school student at Christ for the Nations in Dallas some years ago, I had an Israeli friend who called herself an “atheist.” We had many long talks about “God,” “Jesus,” and the Bible.
I will never forget once riding a ski lift in Winterpark, Colorado, with her… the beautiful, snowy mountains under and above our feet took our breath away. We were engulfed in the stunning loveliness of nature. To which my friend exclaimed, “This is truly God’s country!” I looked at her and said, “I thought you did not believe in God.” She only looked away. Then she brightened and said, “Well today, I believe in God.” We both laughed!
The beauty of the snow and mountains around us compelled us to believe… God was shouting to us that He existed. And we both heard his voice that day.
My husband and I just saw Ben Stein’s movie, “Expelled,” and we heard the famous scientist, Dawkins, state that a firm belief in the theories of Darwinism does perpetuate atheism.
Below is a snippet of one of the debates between Dennis Prager, Jewish conservative, syndicated talk show host, columnist, and ethicist, and Christopher Hitchins, atheist, British American author and journalist. Hitchins is infamous famous for his best-selling book, “God is not Great: How Religion Poisins Everything.”
Dennis loves debating atheists. One of his first questions is, “Often people who believe in God have doubts about His existence.” Do you as an atheist ever doubt your position that God does not exist?”
Dennis says that of all the atheists he has debated, he has never heard one admit to doubting their stance on the non-existence of God.
I wonder if all of them really never doubt or are too proud to admit it.
It is human nature to doubt from time to time. Sometime I doubt that my husband loves me. It is totally crazy, but the thought enters and then leaves when I count up the reasons that he does. It seems so out-of-touch not to doubt the non-existence of God, with the many signs of His existence in the earth and heavens.
I believe that God is speaking all the time… drawing us to Himself… through nature, through circumstances, through current events… and His Word does tell us that it is “the fool who has said in his heart ‘there is no God.'”
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Interesting questions, do I ever doubt my belief that God does not exist. If you specifically mean the Christian God, I can say that I am about as certain that that God does not exist as I am that Zeus does not exist. If you mean any god or God or higher power then the question has some meaning for me. I generally stay quite firmly in the atheist camp, but occasionally I float over into the land of agnostic deism, in which my hypothetical god is more like a life force or pantheistic Universal connection rather than any kind of personal thing. So no, I never doubt that the Biblical God does not exist, but I do sometimes doubt the absoluteness of my atheism. And I take pride in being called a fool by the Bible, and have embraced April 1st as my highest holiday (3rd really after Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday).
Dear April 1st,
Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. And thanks for your interesting viewpoints here. I appreciate what you have written here, especially that at times you doubt the absoluteness of your atheism. That is real. And I think you and I can connect on what is real.
Again, I appreciate your comment and thoughts.
I think doubt is a natural byproduct of an active, conscious, normally functioning mind. Doubt does not necessarily relate to facts and evidence.
For instance, I’m a professional designer with over 25 years experience, yet I struggle with doubt over my abilities almost daily, this despite the overwhelming evidence that I have the necessary skills, creativity, and satisfied clients to design effectively.
When I experience this sort of doubt, a simple recounting of the facts in the matter is enough to quell the uncertainty. In this respect, I think doubt is not so much a proof that I am wrong, so much as it is an opportunity to remind myself of the facts.
In the matter of Hitchens (or virtually any atheist involved in discussions with believers), to admit this much is to offer the inevitable sound-bite that opponents will use again and again as a cudgel. Despite it’s relative insignificance, no one shall hear the contrary evidence that refutes it, they will only remember the doubt. That’s not an effective way to present one’s side.