Atheism is in, and I’m a poor, deluded fool (or not)

Right now, atheism is in. Science and the age of reason seem to be king. Guys like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are rock stars, touring the country to adoring crowds.

Close friends of mine treat me with sympathy because I continue to believe in Jesus Christ. In their eyes, it is as if I am a poor, deluded fool, continuing to believe in fairies and leprechauns along with Christ. One continually asks how an “intelligent” guy like me can continue with this God delusion.

C.S. Lewis stated it best: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

I like it when the stakes are high. And they don’t get much higher.

Do you ever think about it that way?

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Posted on October 2, 2011, in Jesus and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I have to say, I think Lewis is wrong.

    I don’t think Christianity is true. But it has had a very large impact on Western culture…you can’t understand half of Shakespeare without knowing about it…and the religion and its followers can certainly impact the world today and in the future, whether or not it’s true.

    • Not: I hear what you are saying. So why do you think Christianity has had such a huge impact if it’s not true? What about it connects with people to keep it alive for 2,000 years?

      • Popularity. And popularity, while nice, has nothing to do with whether or not something is true.

        It appeals to the general desire of humanity for justice…for good people to be rewarded and bad people to be punished. The universe as it is doesn’t allow for that to happen. So, religion in general is popular, as most of it describes some sort of justice beyond humanity, Christianity included.

      • In answer to this question, the ancient Egyptian religion lasted over 3000 years and Hinduism has been around for about 3500 years. Their cultural impact cannot, in my view, be belittled wither. Does that make them true too? Christianity, of course, denies their ‘truth’ since they are polytheistic religions.

  2. C.S. Lewis stated it best: ”Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

    Imagine if people took this to heart.

  3. Daniel – my thoughts exactly! I love the weight and gravity of Lewis’ statement.

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