Atheist fanatics

Probably the most common basis for atheism is that religious belief is illogical. This attitude is universal among atheists. I’ve demonstrated elsewhere that science and logic don’t disprove religion. You can’t think your way out of the question of whether to believe in God or not. You have to make a decision.

Consider the statements of Christianity’s founder, Jesus of Nazareth, about faith. He was well aware that it wasn’t a matter of premises and deductions. One of his commonest phrases is, “The kingdom of heaven is like . . .” He engages in analogies, not because he hides the truth, but because the truth defies facile comprehension. The unbelievers of our time, and his, dismissed him, because he didn’t make sense. Doubters have a hard time telling a mystic from a mystagogue. G.K. Chesterton neatly describes the difference. A mystagogue hides the truth in obscure language, and when you penetrate all the fog and find it, it’s a platitude. A mystic doesn’t hide the truth. He sets it up in plain view, and when he does, it’s still a mystery.

Some things in this world cannot be comprehended, but only encountered. That statement rings true to everyone, even to atheists, but they quickly retreat into rationalism. If a proposition of any kind can’t be proved, absolutely, then it is unreal, meaningless, illusory, just a trick we do with words. This kind of thinking numbs a person to the point where he loses touch with everything that doesn’t fit into his tidy little conceptions. He doesn’t refute the spiritual realities, not at all. They go on all around him, and even inside him. They sometimes burst through his fences and inundate him, and what a terror they become! An atheist is not someone who has disproved the spiritual side of reality. He is someone who just ignores it.

An atheist in this frame of mind can be just as close-minded as any other fanatic. Try having a friendly conversation about God with one of these fundamentalists. He likely will respond with sweeping assertions about evidence and laboratory proofs. Challenge him to defend these premises, and he generally becomes hostile. Imagine his discomfort: he rigidly adheres to certain beliefs; he is indignant when he encounters someone who disagrees; he experiences anxiety when he discovers he can’t defend his dogmas; and he conceals his anxiety with hostility. I have generally received either insults or patronizing statements about how I am deluded, brainwashed, or childish. Fanatical atheists can’t tolerate any viewpoint other than their own. They have to be right, and everyone else has to be evil or stupid.

Now, I don’t agree with atheists about God, but I don’t attack or belittle them. It’s against my religion. An swful lot of them have no such scruples, and I think it’s a byproduct of their belief system. Consider the implications of a worldview that allows, and even encourages, the belittling of others because they disagree.

The point of all this is to dispel the illusion that atheists are more logical or rational than believers. They aren’t. They are just people who don’t feel comfortable in the real world, which is full of incomprehensible things.