Denials that atheists exist

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Dr. Cornelius Van Til

It has been asserted by various theists that atheists do not exist. Sir Francis Bacon wrote in his essay Of Atheism:

The Scripture saith, The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God; it is not said, The fool hath thought in his heart; so as he rather saith it, by rote to himself, as that he would have, than that he can thoroughly believe it, or be persuaded of it....It appeareth in nothing more, that atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man.[1]

In addition, Christian philosophers and apologists Dr. Cornelius Van Til and Dr. Greg Bahnsen argued there are no atheists and that atheists are actively suppressing their belief and knowledge of God and enigmatically engage in self-deception.[2] The English poet Edward Young wrote in his famous work Night Thoughts that "By night, an atheist half-believes a God."[3]

The Christian Cyclopedia states regarding atheism the following:

It is not possible for a man to be an atheist, in the commonly accepted sense, in his innermost conviction. No amount of reasoning will erase from the human heart the God-given conviction that there is a Supreme Being; those who theoretically deny God's existence replace Him with something else.[4]

A famous phrase, most often attributed to journalist Ernie Pyle, states, "there are no atheists in foxholes."[5] Although this aphorism has a narrow context (military personnel serving in active duty) and is not always meant to be taken literally, there is at least some truth to it. It shows that it is human nature to look to some higher power for assistance, strength, comfort, or guidance in times of great need.

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Quotes from science journals and science magazines

See also: Atheism Quotes

" “A slew of cognitive traits predisposes us to faith.” - Pascal Boyer, in the British science journal Nature [6]

“Atheism is psychologically impossible because of the way humans think. … They point to studies showing, for example, that even people who claim to be committed atheists tacitly hold religious beliefs, such as the existence of an immortal soul.” - Graham Lawton in the New Scientist science magazine [7]

Creation vs. evolution issue

See also: Atheists and belief in fate and in intelligent design

Even in atheistic Japan, researchers found that Japanese children see the world as designed.[8]

Also, in the 1970s atheists/agnostics/evolutionists suffered hundreds of losses in creation vs. evolution debates on college and university campuses and other public venues. As a result, prominent evolutionists are reluctant to debate scientists who are creationists (see: Creation scientists tend to win the creation vs. evolution debates).[9][10][11] Also, less prominent evolutionists are reluctant to debate Darwinism skeptics who are very knowledgeable on creation vs. evolution issue.[12] Consequently, creationists have asserted that various atheists/agnostics are merely haters of God and atheist/agnostic/evolutionist poseurs.[13][14] Even in atheistic Japan, researchers found that Japanese children see the world as designed.[15]

Research and historical data indicate that atheists/agnostics often see the world and their lives as being the product of purposeful design (see: Atheists and belief in fate and in intelligent design).[16]

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References

  1. http://www.bartleby.com/3/1/16.html
  2. http://www.cmfnow.com/articles/PA191.htm
  3. http://www.bartleby.com/100/224.html
  4. http://www.lcms.org/ca/www/cyclopedia/02/display.asp?t1=A&t2=t
  5. Malin, Don. "Military Chaplains and Religious Pluralism." Watchman Fellowship. http://www.wfial.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=artGeneral.article_6
  6. Graham Lawton in the New Scientist
  7. Graham Lawton in the New Scientist
  8. Children see the world as designed
  9. Reason or Rhetoric by Henry Morris, PhD
  10. Reason or Rhetoric by Henry Morris, PhD
  11. Ankerberg, John, and Weldon, John, Truth in Advertising: Damaging the Cause of Science
  12. Naive evolutionists, evolutionist poseurs and the headlights of the Question Evolution! Campaign
  13. Is Richard Dawkins an atheist
  14. Naive evolutionists, evolutionist poseurs and the headlights of the Question Evolution! Campaign
  15. Children see the world as designed
    • Does everything happen for a reason?, New York Times, October 17, 2014
    • Children see the world as designed by David Catchpoole, Creation Ministries International, Published: 16 July 2009
    • Atheist Jean-Paul Sartre made the candid confession: "As for me, I don’t see myself as so much dust that has appeared in the world but as a being that was expected, prefigured, called forth. In short, as a being that could, it seems, come only from a creator; and this idea of a creating hand that created me refers me back to God. Naturally this is not a clear, exact idea that I set in motion every time I think of myself. It contradicts many of my other ideas; but it is there, floating vaguely. And when I think of myself I often think rather in this way, for wont of being able to think otherwise." Source: Escape from God: The Use of Religion and Philosophy to Evade Responsibility By Dean Turner, page 109
    • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy declares: "In 1885, the Duke of Argyll recounted a conversation he had had with Charles Darwin the year before Darwin's death: In the course of that conversation I said to Mr. Darwin, with reference to some of his own remarkable works on the Fertilization of Orchids, and upon The Earthworms, and various other observations he made of the wonderful contrivances for certain purposes in nature — I said it was impossible to look at these without seeing that they were the effect and the expression of Mind. I shall never forget Mr. Darwin's answer. He looked at me very hard and said, 'Well, that often comes over me with overwhelming force; but at other times,' and he shook his head vaguely, adding, 'it seems to go away.'(Argyll 1885, 244)Notes to Teleological Arguments for God's Existence
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