If there is a God, why there are atheist?

R.C. Sproul comments in his book If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?:

“The New Testament maintains that unbelief is generated not so much by intellectual causes as by moral and psychological ones. The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural antipathy to the being of God. In a word, the nature of God (at least the Christian God) is repugnant to man and is not the focus of desire or wish-projection” [as Sigmund Freud suggested].

Why is the idea of God repugnant to so many people? Sproul continues:

“God’s presence is severely threatening to man. God manifests a threat to man’s moral standards, a threat to his quest for autonomy, and a threat to his desire for concealment. God’s revelation involves the intrusion and indeed invasion of the ‘other,’ the ‘different,’ the alien and strange to human circumstances. In a word, it represents the invasion of light into the darkness to which man is accustomed.”

Best-selling psychologist/author M. Scott Peck writes in his book The Road Less Travelled:

“[A] reason that scientists are so prone to throw the baby out with the bath water is that science itself, as I have suggested, is a religion. The neophyte scientist, recently come or converted to the world view of science, can be every bit as fanatical as a Christian crusader or a soldier of Allah. This is particularly the case when we have come to science from a culture and home in which belief in God is firmly associated with ignorance, superstition, rigidity and hypocrisy. Then we have emotional as well as intellectual motives to smash the idols of primitive faith. A mark of maturity in scientists, however, is their awareness that science may be as subject to dogmatism as any other religion.”

Peck continues:

“Another major reason that scientists are prone to throw out the baby with the bath water is that they do not see the baby. Many scientists simply do not look at the evidence of the reality of God. They suffer from a kind of tunnel vision, a psychologically self-imposed set of blinders which prevents them from turning their attention to the realm of the spirit.”

 

Source: [Excerpt] If the evidence for God is so strong, why are so many smart people unconvinced?, Scott Youngren. 2010

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3 thoughts on “If there is a God, why there are atheist?

  1. Your R. C. Sproul is way off. Many of us were indoctrinated for years that there was a baby in the bathwater, even if we couldn’t see it. We tried really hard to believe it, and told ourselves that it was there. But once we started looking, we never found the baby. So we drained off the water a little at a time, straining it, searching, hoping to find a baby in there somewhere. But once all the water was gone, there was no baby after all. The Emperor has no clothes, no matter how much time we spend believing that he does.

    Some atheists think it might be great if there actually were a god. Many have said that if there were a god, it would be a really important thing for them to know, at the very least.

    If your god exists, and wants people to believe, you would think that there would not be any people who think you are believing in a fairy tale. But there are lots of us who think your god is just as fictional as the tooth fairy. So why hasn’t your god done a better job of establishing his presence? Is he a bad communicator, or just deliberately hiding so well we can’t find any reason to think a god exists? Maybe he prefers there be millions of atheists, in which case there is no point in blaming us, is there?

    • Thanks for your comments. It is the purpose of QDVF to share information to establish a dialogue; however this blog does not have as an objective to enter on a debate. Hence we would like to leave you with some food for thought and nothing more.

      “Many of us were indoctrinated for years” = Is not Atheism an indoctrination? Don’t you assume that you hold the truth?

      “We tried really hard to believe it, and told ourselves that it was there” = What do you mean by try really hard? Why did you tell yourself that God was there? Atheism does not ask this questions

      “Why hasn’t your god done a better job of establishing his presence? Is he a bad communicator, or just deliberately hiding so well we can’t find any reason to think a god exists?” = So, you accept that there is a possibility the He exist but you are not sure? This sound more like agnosticism to me.

      “Maybe he prefers there be millions of atheists, in which case there is no point in blaming us, is there?” = How do you something is cold, because you know what hot is…do you understand my point?

      • A few comments back, then I’ll leave you in peace.

        Atheism is not indoctrination. We don’t tell people they must believe with 100% certainty there is no god (at least most of us don’t say that), only that they should have evidence for what they believe in, and that we have not found sufficient evidence for the existence of any gods.

        Most atheists were raised theist, I certainly was. We were told to believe by our parents, by our pastors, by our sunday school teachers, by our youth advisers. Being good kids, we tried to do what we were told and believe it. Many of us used to believe in god because we were raised to believe. But at some point, we realized that we were trying to believe in a fairy tale, and realized we didn’t believe any of it any more.

        When I say ‘Why hasn’t god done a better job of communicating?” that’s a question that believers should ask themselves. I think the probability of any god existing is very low, and the probability of the specific christian god much much smaller than that. Most atheists are “agnostic atheists”, in that we do not believe in a god, but would be open to changing our minds if there were overwhelming evidence. If your god is real, knows everything, and can do anything, then your god already knows what kind of evidence would convince me and would be able to send it. Since no such evidence has appeared, either your god wants me to disbelieve, or does not care about me, or (what I think is most likely) is just a figment of the human imagination.

        “How do you something is cold, because you know what hot is…do you understand my point?” No, not really. If nobody believed in god, then atheism wouldn’t be a “thing”. I’m also an a-unicornist, an a-leprechaunist, and an a-flying-pig-ist. But since nobody is seriously trying to get me to believe those things, and nobody discriminates against people who don’t believe those things, I don’t worry about them.

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