I often hear people say that religion is nonsense. Then they go on to reference Thor or Zeus and lump them in with the Judeo-Christian God. That is called a straw man argument.
A similar argument could be made against science. No body believes in blood letting, alchemy or spontaneous generation. There isn’t a shred of evidence science is true. The correct statement would be, there isn’t a shred of evidence those theories are true
Citing the lack of evidence for Zeus or Thor isn’t a serious argument against contemporary evidence for God. Its only opposition for mythical Greek gods being true.
Evolutionary biology professor Richard Dawkins is a preeminent atheist who makes a living promoting, talking and writing about his atheist world view.
Dawkins first tactic is an attempt to convey that we are all atheists to some degree, which is a fallacy. The definition of atheist according to the Oxford Dictionary is;
lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.
Atheists do not believe in any gods or God. Dawkins is conflating atheism with skepticism.
Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study found that 3.1% of American adults say they are atheists when asked about their religious identity
I agree with Dawkins that there is no evidence in support for Zeus, Thor or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But can the same be said for the Judeo-Christian God?
There is no historical evidence of any other god walking the earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
As you seen in the video above, the historical Jesus is not in dispute among historians. This constitutes more than a shred of evidence supporting the existence of God. Jesus walked the earth, he spoke about God and how humanity can know him and he reportedly rose from the dead as proof there is a God.
Men went to their deaths because they said Jesus is God and they saw him after he rose from the dead. Contemporary biblical scholarship, even skeptical scholars agree that the tomb of Jesus was empty, and that his disciples believed they saw him alive after his crucifixion. Even those who were unbelievers before his death, changed their views and some died because of their belief he did rise.
Dawkins also said this about DNA
“… we know that genes themselves, within their minute internal structure, are long strings of pure digital information. What is more, they are truly digital, in the full and strong sense of computers and compact disks… The machine code of the genes is uncannily computer-like. Apart from differences in jargon, the pages of a molecular biology journal might be interchanged with those of a computer engineering journal.” [River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, New York:Basic Books/Harper Collins, 1995. p17]
Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.Francis Crick, What Mad Pursuit (1990), 138.
Sir Fred Hoyle, British astrophysicist
“A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.” [Hoyle, F. 1982. The Universe: Past and Present Reflections. Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics: 20:16.]
Frank Tipler, Professor of Mathematical Physics
“From the perspective of the latest physical theories, Christianity is not a mere religion, but an experimentally testable science.” [Tipler, F.J. 2007. The Physics Of Christianity. New York, Doubleday.]
There is an information revolution occurring in biology today that is confounding evolutionists. Many can no longer accept mutation and selection has the power to make major changes of species, or create novel, new organs and body plans.
Scientists are having to ignore their intuitive observations while they have to convince themselves that there is no design in nature. In any other context, the inference to intelligence would be immediate. But instead, because of the ramifications associated with the possibility of the existence of God, scientists have to convince themselves they are not seeing what they are seeing.
As the evidence diminishes the evolution theory of common descent, the rhetoric increases as atheists try to save their ideology.
… Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist” [The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence Reveals a Universe Without Design, New York, Norton, 1987]
Dawkins was asked one time what he would say if he met God when he died. Dawkins replied,
I would ask him which one he was, Zeus, Thor… and why did you take such great pains to conceal yourself and hide away from us. [CNN Digital Originals]
For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.
Faith in the Judeo-Christian God is more than a shred of evidence, it is faith supported by tangible, visible evidence in everything that has been made.
The Christian need not be intimidated by atheist professors and scientists who ridicule your faith. The God of the bible invented the laws scientists use against him, and is not threatened by their arrogance and neither should you be. God said his fingerprints can be found in everything that has been made, and indeed he they are.
When you are insulted, mocked and ridiculed remember, the blustery rebuke is coming from someone with a weak defense of their own position. Remember, the stronger the ad hominem attack, the more your opponent’s belief is threatened.