Does atheism require faith?

Lennox John copyThe atheists claim that they don’t have faith. Oh yes they do, in their science, in the rational intelligibility of the universe. But half a minute! Where’s the evidence that that faith is justified in their worldview? It doesn’t exist, because their worldview is that human intelligence is simply the product of a mindless unguided process, but if that’s the case then why would you give it any credence whatsoever? Why would you believe anything that it produces?

–John Lennox
Oxford mathematician and philosopher

We all believe what we can not prove

I don’t know if there’s a God. (And neither do you, and neither does Professor Dawkins, and neither does anybody. It isn’t the kind of thing you can know. It isn’t a knowable item.) But then, like every human being, I am not in the habit of entertaining only the emotions I can prove. I’d be a unrecognizable oddity if I did.

― Francis Spufford
Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything,
Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense

We all believe fairy-tales

There are no rationalists. We all believe fairy-tales, and live in them. Some, with a sumptuous literary turn, believe in the existence of the lady clothed with the sun . . . Some hold the undemonstrable dogma of the existence of God; some the equally undemonstrable dogma of the existence of the man next door.

–G. K. Chesterton
Heretics

The nonexistence of poetry

It is possible for a person to contend that a poem is nothing but black marks on white paper. And such an argument might be convincing before an audience that could not read. You can examine the print under a microscope or analyze the paper and ink but you will never find something behind this sort of analysis that you could call “a poem.” Those who can read, however, will continue to insist that poems exist.

–C. S. Lewis
Christian Theology in Plain Language