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Stealing From God

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Here is an interesting question. What if the best arguments used by atheists to prove that God does not exist actually prove that He does exist? This is a question that Frank Turek considers in his new book, Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case. He is the co-author of the best selling book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. His latest book may be even more helpful to those of us who engage in conversations with atheists and skeptics.

He uses an acrostic to illustrate the various arguments and the fundamental contradictions within those arguments. The acrostic is: CRIMES. The letter “C” stands for causality. We live in a world of cause and effect. To doubt causality you have to doubt everything we know about reality.

The letter “R” stands for reason. Here he shows that all arguments for anything (including arguments for atheism) fail if atheism is true. The letter “I” stands for information and intentionality. Frank Turek depends on the research by scientists who see intelligent design in biology and astronomy. He says that God’s signature is not just in the cell; it’s in all of creation.

The letter “M” stands for morality. In order to judge right from wrong, you need a standard. While it is true that atheists can know objective morality and make moral decisions, there would be no objective morality unless God exists. If God does not exist and there is no objective moral standard based on His character, then everything is just opinion.

The letter “E” stands for evil. This is one of the biggest challenges for Christians, but atheists have to deal with the concept of evil. If there is no standard for good, then how can we say anything is evil? The final letter is “S” for science. He responds with this: “To say that a scientist can disprove the existence of God is like saying a mechanic can disprove the existence of Henry Ford.” His book reminds us that atheist arguments don’t disprove God. They actually prove His existence.

Viewpoints by Kerby Anderson

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