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Charles Lewis Got It Right

December 6, 2010

imageI usually don’t like statements like, “Dear atheists: most of us don’t care what you think,” which is what Charles Lewis wrote in The National Post. But the article is so well written and so on the money, that I must recommend it:

There are always debates between atheists and believers. They have been going on forever but they seem to have ramped up ever since a dedicated group of “new atheists” began writing popular works that captured the secular imagination.

You know who they are: Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and the rest of their dreary crew who are out to prove how stupid religious people are.

Recently Hitchens and former British prime minister Tony Blair debated in Toronto and ever since I have read bits and pieces about who bested whom.

Blair probably should not have even bothered and instead should have gone to mass that night or spent an evening helping out at a shelter or visiting someone who was lonely and sick in a hospital. That would have said a lot more about his faith than wasting a lot of words on a pompous ass whose main intellectual arsenal is sneering and using sarcasm.

This perennial debate between atheists and the religious has no end in sight. It seems to sell tickets and for a certain type of intellectual it is like watching boxing without the blood.

But the debate is useless for one simple reason: most atheists do not have a clue what religion is about. They see religious people as blind sheep following a series of incomprehensible rules and dogmas and then scoff at their lack of enlightenment. They find the flaw in the painting and say it is all now ruined. Atheists are utopians who believe a perfect society can be built if only religion was not in the way. [Emphasis mine]

As far as I can see, those Godless societies have not done too well, unless you consider North Korea a success.

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Thomas Merton, the great monk and mystic, wrote: “Faith is a light of such supreme brilliance that it dazzles the mind and darkens all its visions of other realities, but in the end when we become used to the new light, we gain a new view of all reality transfigured and elevated in the light itself.”

Atheists are under the ridiculous illusion that religious people think that all they have to do is call out to God and help will be on the way. If it were so, Jesus never would have gone up on the cross. The crucifixion is not a contradiction and the anti-religious cannot get their heads around that. Faith is not the avoidance of trouble, it is facing it head on and then finding holiness. [Emphasis mine]

Faith is not up for debate. I do not care whether Christopher Hitchens or the guy who sits three rows away thinks I am living in a fantasy. Why would I care? If faith could be broken by mindless criticism then it would not be faith. And the old woman kneeling in the pew every Sunday, or the Orthodox Jew who would never miss a Sabbath in Synagogue, have no need to ask permission of anyone to justify what they do and what they believe. They are far tougher than the people who criticize.

Thomas Merton also said: “Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.”

He could have said the same thing about faith.

Read the full article: Dear atheists: most of us don’t care what you think | Holy Post | National Post

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  1. December 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I agree with Charles Lewis. The same general arguments seem to be repeated to debunk Creation or ID as in the authenticity of the Shroud. It is very interesting that “scientists” claim that Intelligent Design and Creation do not contain science because there are “religious” people supporting it. For some reason “religious” people are put in the stupid and non-scientific box (just because it makes “scientist” uncomfortable and questions their own belief of “Evolutionism”). Currently, science has not been able to disprove the authenticity of the Shroud being the result of Jesus’ Resurrection. It has only raised more questions and more possibilities. If there is a God and Jesus actually resurrected then many people are in serious trouble – therefore it is cannot be true – and a new reality is created. So the solution is to endlessly repeat the mantra that there is no God, no Resurrection and we all came from slime and in their mind it is so.

    Why do many scientists put science in a non-God/Creator Box? That alone is a hypocritical stance against the Scientific Method. The Scientific Method cannot have a closed mind. Majoring in math and science and being brainwashed in the Big Bang and Evolution, I can say that I have on both sides of the fence – not just on the Creation side. Evolution and the Big Bang make too many assumptions and definitely cannot be proven as fact for one simple reason – no living person has witnessed either event/process – therefore it must remain a theory – period.

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