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5 Rational Arguments By An Atheist On God and Christianity
From Atheism to Theism to Christianity
As an atheist or an agnostic, I am sure you are tired of people constantly forcing you to admit there is a God by pointing you towards creation and the magnificence of the forests, the brilliance of the sun, moon and stars etcetera. So this isn't my objective in this article.
What I want to do in this article is just present the arguments of "an exceptionally brilliant and logical" man - Clive Staples Lewis (C. S. Lewis) - who was considered so even before his conversion from atheism to theism and then to Christianity.
I will use just five (5) arguments and counter arguments to make my case with the support of C. S. Lewis.
This was the 1st C. S. Lewis book that I read and thus began my obsession with C. S. Lewis. Ha ha ha
This is a truly brilliant piece with mocking humor that you will surely enjoy!
A Little About C. S. Lewis
This Irishman, who was born in 1898 and died in 1963, was an atheist for many years until his "reluctant" conversion to Christianity in 1929 at the age of 31.
Following his conversion, he wrote over thirty (30) books based on Christianity, God and Christian living. He was considered the most influential Christian apologist of his time because of his numerous rational presentations in defense of Christianity.
WHY LISTEN TO C. S. LEWIS?
In the secular world, if we want to convince someone of how good something is, it is both rational and logical that we will get persons who have used the product or service to provide testimonials, or give reviews and ratings attesting to the virtues of the product or service.
Likewise, I have chosen C. S. Lewis as my advocate in this article since he was both atheist and Christian. Consequently, I think that as a previous atheist he understands your denial of God and having converted to Christianity he can present the requisite "testimonials" in favour of Christianity.
Added to that he was described as, "unique in arguing for truth and following an argument to its logical conclusion (Walter Hopper, Oxford, 1978)."
This book is for any Christian, no matter your denomination - Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist or whatever else.
Here's one of his winning remarks for me within this book: "Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very probable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of moods against your real self is going to come anyway" (C. S. Lewis).
Reasons for Atheism / Agnosticism and Arguments for Christianity
You may have become an atheist or an agnostic for any number of reasons:
* Watching the multitude of bad things happening to good people in the world.
* You just drifted away from religion or spirituality and don't believe in any particular thing.
* You experienced abuse by someone as a child and questioned where God was when it was happening.
* You're a person who strictly believes in facts, logic and reason and who likes visible and tangible proof.
* You've tried Christianity or God and it just doesn't seem to be working for you.
Whatever your reason(s), I hope you can look at these rational and logical arguments by C. S. Lewis, which I have accompanied with some of my own thoughts, not to convince you but to make you rethink your decision to become an atheist or an agnostic.
In this book, C. S. Lewis describes his early childhood, growing up years, college life at Oxford and final acceptance of God.
"In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed..."
CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT No. 1
Agnostic/Atheist Statement No. 1:
If there is a God, how can God be a loving God when there is so much poverty, famine, drought, murders, abuse and injustice in this world!
C. S. Lewis Argument No. 1:
"The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock. He is quite a kindly judge: if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God's acquittal. But the important thing is that man is on the Bench and God in the Dock" ('God in the Dock', C. S. Lewis).
This is a laughable but true analogy of how people sometimes attempt to justify their denial of God's existence or an excuse for why they neither believe nor disbelieve.
But the truth of the matter is that, "We are in no position to draw up maps of God's psychology, and prescribe limits to His interests. We would not do so even for a man whom we knew to be greater than ourselves. The [Christian] doctrine that God is Love and that He delights in men, are positive doctrines, not limiting doctrines. He is not less than this. What more He may be, we do not know; we know only that He must be more than we can conceive" ('God in the Dock', C. S. Lewis).
I use excerpts from this book in Argument No. 1 because it describes so perfectly how irreverent we have become to God.
Thinking of our 'modern' selves as somehow superior in our thought processes and rationalization as compared to God?!
C. S. Lewis examines human pain from many angles.He shows how much of our human pain is caused by us humans!
But he also shows that we most times need the pain of our circumstances and things in life going wrong for us in order to "turn our thoughts to God".
Your Spiritual or Religious Belief!
Describe your religious/spiritual belief:
CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT No. 2
Agnostic/Atheist Statement No. 2:
I am a man/woman of facts. I believe in science and matter not miracles and blind faith!
C. S. Lewis Argument No. 2:
"When a thing professes from the very outset to be a unique invasion of Nature by something from outside, increasing knowledge of Nature can never make it either more or less credible than it was in the beginning. In this sense it is mere confusion of thought to suppose that advancing science has made it harder for us to accept miracles" ('Miracles', C. S. Lewis).
Disproving something we have not seen with our own eyes doesn't mean it hasn't happened! I did not experience Hurricane Janet in 1955, because I was not born yet but many people, including my father, say it happened.
When the first set of animals were cloned, I did not see the cloning process myself and up until then no one believed that it was possible, but that does not mean it did not take place.
I am not saying that one should believe everything one hears. What I am saying is that so many people experiencing miracles around the world cannot be a farce.
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Miracles happen EVERYDAY!
This is a must read for scientists and "hard facts" skeptics. Don't try to use logic and reason to explain it away.
CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT No. 3
Agnostic/Atheist Statement No. 3:
Look at how some "so-called" Christians live and behave. I lead a better life than most of them. I don't need God or Christianity to lead a good life!
C. S. Lewis Argument No. 3:
I have no doubt that this is true in many cases but as C. S. Lewis points out, "...a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble".
During Lent, which is a 50-day period to Easter when the Catholics engage in more avid prayer, fasting and alms giving, a weekly devotion called "Stations of the Cross" is undertaken by Catholics.
In this devotion, Catholics walk and make 14 stops (Stations of the Cross) to pray and reflect on 14 significant points in Jesus' journey to Calvary to be crucified on the Cross.
What is noteworthy is that in 3 of the 14 instances, Jesus falls. These three (3) falls are analogous to the life of most Christians. We fall down during our journey in life, maybe once maybe twice maybe 100 times, by virtue of immoral or sinful things we do, say or think, but we get up and keep trying to live out our Christian life as best we can with God's grace.
How do you plan to improve your spiritual life in the coming month?
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CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT No. 4
Agnostic/Atheist Statement No. 4:
I don't have any problems with Christianity or God. It's just that this God stuff isn't for me.
C. S. Lewis Argument No. 4:
As C. S. Lewis so succinctly states, "A man [or woman] can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
I think that to not believe in anything in particular is an even greater danger. So for the agnostic this means you're sitting on the fence; you are undecided. I or others may not like what you decide, but you must stand for something. Either you're a Democrat or a Republican, Communist or Capitalist, you agree or you don't agree.
If you continue to sit on the fence "or wall", you might just have a great fall as Humpty Dumpty because as Alexander Hamilton so aptly puts it, "Those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything."
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A fascinating account of HEAVEN and HELL by C. S. Lewis using allegory.
If you love fables and great story telling, you will definitely enjoy this one!
Maintaining your faith when all seems to be falling around us is a fight that all of us as Christians will experience at one time or another on our spiritual journey.
Encouragement through others is always welcome!
CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT No. 5
Agnostic/Atheist Statement No. 5:
"I think I can understand the point about Christianity but I've been an atheist or an agnostic for so long, I can't just turn around now. People will think that I am weak or that I can't make up my mind."
C. S. Lewis Argument No. 5:
"...progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man" ('Mere Christianity', C.S. Lewis).
What does it matter that what you believe now is wrong? That's the interesting part in the journey of life. We discover or learn new things that change our perspective on life. It is our duty to make the necessary change.
For many years people thought that the world was flat and that you would fall off if you went beyond a certain point. Aren't you glad Christopher Columbus and others dared to challenge this belief?
The truly lost would have been those who insisted on believing the world was flat in the face of that evidence.
GOD IS DEAD - G.K. Chesterton The Apostle of Common Sense
Many believe that C. S. Lewis was greatly influenced by G. K. Chesterton who, in similar vein as C. S. Lewis, uses common sense to bring across his arguments.
G.K. Chesterton is purported to have written more than 5000 essays on a variety of topics; from ghosts to mystics to fireworks to rain and much more.
He even looks at some well-known figures like are Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.
But 3 leading authorities on G. K. Chesterton have selected the ‘best’ of these 5,000 essays and put them all in one place for your reading pleasure.
More G. K. Chesterton - The Apostle of Common Sense!
You’ll never find a better common sense argument for Christianity and God.
G. K. Chesterton greatly influenced C. S. Lewis and you will definitely enjoy all his common sense arguments.
On Becoming a Christian
Living life daily as a Christian can be challenging. No one says that after you become a Christian, life will get easy and all your problems will disappear. In fact it may get harder and you may become even more skeptical at times.
Again I use C. S. Lewis who explains it well in his own words: "Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway" ('Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis).
So, if after presenting these arguments you are still not convinced about the authenticity of God and Christianity, then I urge you to read some of the C. S. Lewis books and other spiritual books I have recommended below, since as C. S. Lewis logically and rationally argues, "A young man [or woman] who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his [her] reading."
You have nothing to lose by reading C. S. Lewis!
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I find daily readings from good spiritual a very helpful compliment to by Bible Readings. You will definitely find C. S. Lewis inspiring.