Atheism Part 3: Two-stage Faith

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Christians often accuse atheists of having more faith than Christians. This is off-putting to atheists because they think of faith as believing without any evidence. Or believing contrary to evidence. In other words, faith is blind. Here is a two-stage definition of faith that I’ve found helpful in my discussions with atheists: Step 1: Generic trust based on evidence.Example: In …

Atheists and Faith

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Recently I had the privilege of engaging in an informal discussion with an atheist student (“Matt”) in front of a class at a prominent local high school. After the class period, Matt said to me that he wished he and I could come to an agreement on the definition of faith. Timeout. I’ve always enjoyed the company of atheists. I …

Atheists Big and LIttle

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In my travels I interact with many atheists. Generally, there are two levels: 1. The Big Boys: professional philosophers who bring a sophisticated product to the table. A sampling of names: William Rowe, J.L. Mackie, Quentin Smith, Kai Neilsen, the early Antony Flew. Thoughtful Christians should read their books and essays, and interact with their arguments. They force us, quite …