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It’s Time to Downgrade your Atheism

So, you’re an atheist?

Yes.

Are you absolutely sure that God doesn’t exist? 100% positive? Totally beyond doubt?

No, I didn’t say that. One can’t absolutely prove the non-existence of God, not in the sense of mathematical proof anyway.

So you’re not really an atheist, you’re an agnostic.

Well…I suppose so, if you put it like that, but either way I don’t believe in God.

Are you a soft agnostic or a hard agnostic? I mean, are you saying you DON’T know if there’s a God or you CAN’T know if there’s a God?

You can’t know. It’s impossible to know anything for sure on a philosophical level.

But apparently you know that you can’t know. You know for sure that you cannot know for sure. Surely anyone who says they know that they can’t know anything, knows something?

OK. Grant you that. Then I guess I’m a soft agnostic. I don’t know if there’s a God.

Why don’t you know?

Because you can’t know.

We already dealt with that. To know that you can’t know anything is to argue in a circle.

Then I guess I don’t know because I’ve never seen any evidence.

You’ve seen it every day of your life. The starry heavens evidence His power and creativity.1 The order, design and beauty of creation all around us leaves us without excuse.2 I suspect that your problem with God is not intellectual but volitional and moral. It’s time to downgrade your atheism.

Michael J. Penfold

1. Psalm 19:1
2. Romans 1:20