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Vail Daily letter: Proof of no God is on the atheist

Actually, the burden is on the atheist to explain the presence of “evil” in the world. Sure, the list of bad things in our history is long, but within the atheist worldview, how can he call them evil?

Assume Carl Sagan was right: “The universe is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be.”

This means our cosmos is a closed box. There is no deity who can intervene, no supernatural element to our existence, and our lives have no ultimate meaning. The cosmos simply is, and whatever happens within the box, whether it be wars and famine, or sunsets and kisses on the Riviera, is simply stuff happening inside the box.

There is no fixed reference point within the cosmos to define good or evil. The history of philosophy is littered with the failures to find such a fixed point.

So when the atheist calls certain things bad or evil, where is that sense of good and evil coming from? It is certainly not from within his philosophical framework. If this is the universe within which we supposedly evolved, why does the atheist not feel right at home within it? Why does he call things evil which, according to all the accepted scientific theories, are simply our natural birthright?

Why does the atheist seem like a fish complaining that the water is wet?

It is the nonbeliever who has a great deal of explaining to do. He must explain, in terms of his own worldview, why he thinks evil exists in the world when most of it is simply (in materialist terms) “survival of the fittest” stuff.

If there is no God, then, ultimately whatever is just is, and we should have gotten used to it by now. It seems as though the atheist is trying to have his cake of no god while being able to relish the warm and fuzzy ethical benefits of a non-materialist heart.

When the first Russian cosmonaut came back from orbit, he taunted America saying that though he looked, he found God nowhere in the heavens.

With one exception, I don’t believe God intended to leave behind smoking gun evidence for his existence in the physical realm. I think the most accessible evidence for God’s existence is right inside of us, partly contained in the persistent, unyielding sense that we and the universe are not-as-we/it-should-be. It is this sense of shouldness or oughtness that is God’s back door into our souls, reminding us of the high place from which we and the physical world have fallen, in a palpable way that no other teaching or philosophy can match.

Walt Halstead


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