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“I have given up trying to be a hipster atheist.”

April 17th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

I think there is a stage of faith that seeks comfort in holding a rigid position. Like, for example, ‘God said it, I believe it, that settles it.’ A person can stand solidly on this ground. But this position will not hold up against even the most cursory scrutiny. When it is questioned the holder of this belief will be led either to mindless militancy or despair. A mature faith will be nuanced and questioning.

The same is true in the case of, for lack of a better term, “anti-faith.” The secularist builds a foundation of blind unquestioning certainty on the uncertain ground of reason. But in the end that too is a faith proposition. It is no more reasonable to believe unquestioningly in reason than it is to believe in anything else. Like the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection. All of which is to say that the assumption that people of faith are unsophisticated and unintelligent is untenable. Like the author of this article eloquently points out.

How God Became Jesus—and How I Came to Faith in Him

 

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