Atheists doubting the validity of atheism
Notable professing atheists have had the characteristic of variability and instability when it came to maintaining thoughts in accordance with atheism. For example, Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the leading proponents of atheism of the 20th Century. Yet Jean-Paul Sartre made this 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.||”|
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states:
|“|| 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)
In addition, there have been notable atheists conceding there is compelling evidence for the existence of God and becoming ex-atheist. Unlike Christianity, which is supported by a large body of sound evidence (see: Christian apologetics), atheism has no proof and evidence supporting its ideology. As a result, atheism often relies on asserting fragile assumptions that are contrary to the existing evidence. In addition, atheists/skeptics do have a tradition of making assumptions that later have proved errant.
Instances of the Weakness of Individuals' Attachment to Atheism Through Secularistic Upbringing
According to recent research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in the United States, a majority of those surveyed who were raised in atheist or agnostic households, or where there was no specific religious attachment, later chose to join a religious faith. A notable example of a person raised in a atheistic household who later became a Christian is William J. Murray. Mr. Murray is the son of the late atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair who founded the organization American Atheists. In 1982, William J. Murray founded the Religious Freedom Coalition.
In addition, as noted earlier, in atheistic Communist China, Christianity is experiencing explosive growth. On July 3, 2005, the New York Times reported concerning many countries in the former Soviet Union: "A return to religion in Romania and the region's other formerly Communist countries has in many places outrun the speed at which the church can screen and train clergy..."
Question evolution campaign
See also: Question evolution! campaign
Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists. In 2011, a campaign called the Question evolution! campaign was launched by the biblical creation organization Creation Ministries International which is a worldwide "grass-roots movement to challenge the anti-Christian dogma of evolution". The focus of the Question evolution! campaign is on 15 questions that evolutionists cannot answer. The campaign will be primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
- Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian
- Evidence for Christianity
- Atheist factions
- Decline of atheism
- Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism
- The question atheists fear
- Atheist restaurant - satire
- There Are No Atheists In Foxholes
- Atheism and cowardice
- Is Christianity Alone Fully True and is Jesus Christ Really the Only Way To God? -- Part 4
- Darwin’s real message: have you missed it?
- American Scientist May 1977:323
- Notes to Teleological Arguments for God's Existence
- Question evolution! campaign
- Question evolution! campaign