Godlessness & Vulgarity

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Believing Without Proof

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Everyone, whether religious or secular,
ends up believing some things — often
some very important things — that they
cannot prove to be true. That’s just the
dilemma we face as human beings.

– Alister McGrath

We All Live By Faith

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Faith is what an atheist exercises when he steps on an airplane with no scientific proof that the pilot will succeed in getting him to his destination.

Faith is what an atheist has when he lies on an operating table with no scientific proof that the surgeon will do his job properly.

Faith is what an atheist exhibits when he drives through a green light with no scientific proof that other drivers will not come through the intersection on a red light.

Faith is what an atheist demonstrates when he bites into a hamburger with no scientific proof that the fast-food chef has not poisoned it.

Faith is what an atheist practices on a daily basis—you can’t live life without it.

Faith in Reverse

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Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious commitment. Here we have the first internal inconsistency of contemporary atheism: it [often] proclaims that all religion must necessarily vanish away, and it is itself a religious phenomenon.

–Jacques Maritain,
The Range of Reason

A Spectacular Sequence

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Ever heard of the Fibonacci sequence? It is a sequence of numbers where each one is the sum of the previous two numbers. The sequence runs 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so on. What’s fascinating about the Fibonacci sequence is that when you make squares the size of the numbers, it creates a beautiful spiral image.

The “Fibonacci spiral” is found everywhere. It is to be seen in plant leaves, pine cones, seashells, pineapples, ferns, daisies, artichokes, sunflowers and even galaxies. It’s in the arrangement of seeds on flowers. It’s in starfish. It’s in the cochlea of your inner ear, which is not simply a spiraled shape, it’s the actual Fibonacci spiral, with the exact number sequence. There is a mysterious intricate embedded order, intelligence and design in nature. What is behind this mind-boggling sophisticated artistry?

We are told that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Similarly, extraordinary design requires an extraordinary designer. You are free to believe that all of this magnificence is simply the result of unplanned fortuitous collisions of molecules—a belief that requires faith of an extraordinary caliber. Or you can accept a more sensible explanation—this artwork is the work of an Artist, the work of a wise and skilled Creator. But please don’t parrot the nonsense that theists are people of blind faith. Blind faith is exercised remarkably well by skeptics.

–J.O. Schulz