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The Challenges of Anti-Theism

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  1. Avatar Freeman Rohlfing says:

    As a new missionary being deployed to a people who claim to be atheistic or agnostic, I have begun reading apologetics to better understand the practical discussions. I like the straight-forward suggestions offered by PR. Pacey, since they are not obfuscated in academic theological discussion. In both instances the issue to be addressed would seem to be that anti-thiests have an incorrect understanding of who God is. The “I-think-God-would-never-do…_” or the “I-think-God-should-do…” are false gods which man has created in his own sinful image (idolatry). “I AM” is who He is. He has given us all we need to know in His word. For those of us who love Him, our challenge is to teach others His simple truth – to teach the acceptance and trust in God for who He is and not who sinful man would make him out to be. God’s word is clear and unequivocal. Thank you PR. Pacey.

  2. Avatar Michelle says:

    I enjoyed this article. An important aspect of the state of this fallen world is we occupy a place that exists in rebellion against God. We can reject God in many different ways. We can also follow God and see the aspects of a world suffering in its own sin as a mission field to be God’s hands and heart while we here, bringing as many out of the dark as possible as we do so. What will it be like when God’s plan is restored! How great it will be. I’d enjoy seeing an article addressing an often cited opinion that there are many versions of the bible, and that therefore casts doubt on the authentic truth within it.

  3. Avatar Ukulelemike says:

    Its really not a challenge-the Bible gives us an answer in the sin of man. Now, explaining it in a way someone can accept can be hard, but its not difficult to see the blatant wickedness of man both today and in the past, the things they have done that have caused so much trouble. Even the Bible is very open about man’s wicked activities causing trouble. That God doesn’t force everyone to be exactly as He would like should be appreciated by most. Of course, what many want is for God to force those they disagree with to do the right thing, but for them? Oh, no, can’t have THAT! That would be making me a puppet on a string. Just fix THEM, not ME.

  4. Avatar Bob says:

    The line between atheism and anti-theism is often blurred, and one might argue Biblically that those who claim to not believe in God, actually do so at some inherent, base level, and the rest of their carry-on is personal anti-theism due to some other factor (fed and enabled by our depravity) often personal experience with “Christians” being perceived bigots, hypocrites etc.
    One thing I do want to add, is something that is becoming more prominent in the dialogue between Christian theists and atheists/anti-theists, and that is the framing of the conversation itself.
    In my experience, in addition to the anti-theist using the pseudo-Epicurian logic of the well-written article above, there is usually an accompanying statement(s) of how their position rests on “proof”, “facts”, or “evidence”. Usually this implies empirical evidence, but regardless, the use of these terms in a definitive way is like engaging in this: you are having a dialogue with someone about traffic flow on the street. As your dialogue partner speaks, he/she is busy erecting one-way signs along the road. Soon, the dialogue is no longer about traffic flow, but how bigoted or close-minded or wishful-thinking you are to have supposed anything other than their position. Can’t you clearly see it’s a one-way street?

    The question of origins is properly speaking, not a scientific one. It is philosophical. Yes, the scientific analysis of cosmology (for example) is important…but it does not answer the why or whom, only how. In that discussion, it is too much to grant that the other side has ownership and sole-discretion of the “proof”, “evidence” or “facts”.

    It is neither irrational or illogical to suggest that a Creator exists and that He has magnificently unfolded existence according to a very intentional plan – one which includes the ongoing and eventually permanent defeat of evil from His midst.

    I’d say the cross was a pretty effective endeavor towards that end! Soli Deo gloria.