Posts from February 2012

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Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 1

by mcurley

Introduction                 As a pastor, you’d probably figure I couldn’t be an atheist; believing in God is kind of in the job description, right?  You might be surprised, though, that there are certain clergy that “do the job” apart from faith in God let alone dismissing any but a few moral claims in the Bible.  […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 2

by mcurley

             Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, philosopher and writer of the seventeenth century.  His two most famous works in literature are the Provincial Letters and Pensees.  In the latter, unfinished work, Pascal, who died by the age of 39, takes up the juxtaposition of infinity and nothingness, faith and reason, life and death, […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 3

by mcurley

               Are you dreaming right now?  How do you know?  This was a question dealt with in the movie series The Matrix.  Descartes would answer, “I think therefore I am (awake).”  That’s one approach to knowing what is real.  Knowing what reality is is only one part of knowing, though.  Knowing what is true is […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 4

by mcurley

             “So be good for goodness’ sake.”  That’s if you want a present from Santa Claus as the song goes.  It seems to be kind of a circular argument, doesn’t it; kind of self serving like saying “because I say so.”  But even so, this statement does say something important: there must be a reason […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 5

by mcurley

              Last time we considered the question of goodness and morality.  How do we recognize it without an objective, outside standard?  Why should man care to be good without God?  Fear of hell was not the only motivation as we learned.  But love, too, must have a basis outside our own subjective and selfish goals.  […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 6

by mcurley

              Probably most people are religious because of the influence of their families, how they were brought up.   It’s reasonable to think that some who have deliberately abandoned the religion of their parents must be “acting out” and rebelling against their family. Their motive for turning to atheism especially has shock value.  While this is […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 7

by mcurley

    We’ve already made the case for the limits of human reason and of how we know things by observation and experience.  Therefore we can’t rely on human reason to answer the question of God’s existence.  But I’d like to apply what we’ve learned to another aspect of the “supernatural”; do miracles happen?   Miracles are, […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 8

by mcurley

              One nation under God.  In God we trust.  God bless America.  These are more than mere mottos of our nation whenever they came to be.  They are sentiments and beliefs that are interwoven into the very fabric that is America and shared by many of her citizens past and present.  Much is made today […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 9

by mcurley

                A. J. Ayer (1910-1989) was a professor of logic at Oxford University.  He was also one of England’s leading humanists.  Humanism is sometimes called a positive atheism, less angry and militant.  While humanists seem to have less of an axe to grind with God and religion, they are in the end no different from […]

Why I’m Not an Atheist – Part 10

by mcurley

David forwarded this article to me.  Neither of us had heard of Ayn Rand before but were shocked at her open disdain for not only Christianity, which as an atheist you’d expect, but also for charity and love of neighbor in general.  She elevates greed and selfishness as virtues.  This serves our series well as […]