Still Another Atheist Becomes Christian

One more atheist becomes Christian, based on the overwhelming evidence. Here is an excerpt from the middle of her story:

So I plunged headlong into apologetics, devouring debates and books from many perspectives. I read the Qur’an and Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. I went through The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and looked up Christian rebuttals to apparent contradictions. But nothing compared to the rich tradition of Christian intellect. I’d argued with my peers, but I’d never investigated the works of the masters: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Pascal, and Lewis. When I finally did, the only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can read the rest of it here.

 

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3 Responses to Still Another Atheist Becomes Christian

  1. portal001 says:

    Honestly I think it comes to this – people will believe all sorts of things. People will continue to believe all sorts of things.

    For example, even if it is systematically proven that Scientology is false – there will still be people out there who will continue to believe. This actually might even bolster their beliefs, since they may feel it’s a conspiracy against them and they are being persecuted.

    This really is the beauty of some beliefs – they cannot be proved wrong. In the case of scientology, Dianetics would always be considered valid I’d imagine – providing that the person practising it continued to see every aspect of their lives through its practice. Same with Horoscopes, Affirmations, self help and yoga.

    Now what’s to stop people believing these things?

    Evidence that goes against these practices?

    Not necessarily. If new information challenges these beliefs, then this is only seen as a deception, inherently false or even evil. This new information then can be explained away, and not really considered as anything of value.

    So what shifts belief? Well, usually I think a shift stems from a traumatic event that forces people to revaluate for better of for worse. Or a profound encounter.

    People tend to move towards where they place their focus. If their focus is on the teachings of Scientology for example, then all meaning and understanding of the events in their lives will be pulled from Scientology. We all look through our own frames of focus.

    And if anything challenges our focus, we will look for ways to defend it. For we don’t like anything or anyone to get in the way of our focus.

    I’m not saying that all beliefs are false, I just asking how can people seriously consider new information if it does not support their deeply valued beliefs?

    How can people really value and consider new information that does not support the very beliefs that define and help them understand who they are?

  2. portal001 says:

    I gather that many people first start with a premise, often a premise introduced at childhood, and then gradually work to justify this premise through the selective filtering of the information they receive throughout their life.

    I think we all do this to an extent. However, this is not to say that certain beliefs are not valid or true.

  3. Mike says:

    Funny, as a kid I knew instinctually that religion was absurd. When I god older I realized that the only way that you can even attempt to make religious faith rational is if you water it down so much to the point where you’re really only believing a few of the central doctrines. And if you have to do that to make religion reasonable or rational, then why not just throw it all out and conclude that it’s all absurd? Works fine with me.

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