A blog dedicated to a transparent debate between an atheist, Andrew, and a Christian, Tim.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tim, The Christian Asks The Atheists: Why Are You Unwilling To Take The Leap Of Faith?
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important." C.S. Lewis
I finally feel like we might have come to the crux of the matter in our last two posts. Namely, I admitted that there is not absolute scientific proof of the existence of God and that a person must take a leap of faith, and you responded that atheists are unwilling to take that leap of faith. Now my question is, “Why not?” The leap of faith is not a blind leap. There is plentiful evidence that the leap is rational and logical. What I do not understand is why an atheist does not understand or accept that.
Also, the benefits of making the leap far outweigh the alleged benefit of not making the leap. Yes, Christianity has its problems. Yes, evil is committed by people who claim to be Christians. Nevertheless, on the whole, the Christian life is better for the person who believes and is better for society.
For the sake of the argument, if Christianity is false, what harm is there if you have believed it and were wrong? You will only benefit yourself and society by believing. On the other hand, if Christianity is true and you choose not to believe it, then the consequences are severe.
What part of what I have written above do you not agree with?:
1. Do you disagree that there is evidence that makes the leap of faith rational?
2. Why are you unwilling to take the leap of faith?
3. Do you disagree that the Christian life is actually more beneficial than the unbelieving life, both for the person and for society?
I hope that this will shape our discussion for the next few posts.