Truth is Truth

"You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me." - Psalm 40:11 This is a sometimes monthly column concerning the truth of Christ Jesus and the issues that face our world as published in various newspapers and journals by Pastor Dave Seaford. You can return to the home page of the church by going to:

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Friday, February 11, 2005

Does an Atheist have Faith?

Two good friends of mine, excellent scholars and powerful Christian brothers have written a book with the title I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, (Goodnews Publishers, Wheaton, Ill., available through ABE, CBD and in better book stores everywhere). It is the kind of book that as you read it, you are constantly thinking about all the people you want to present with a copy. By the time that you are finished reading it you just want to walk down the street and give a copy to everyone that you see. This may well be the most easily read and practical defense of the faith ever written.

Dr. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek have done the world an incredible favor with this book and will no doubt capture the attention of many agnostics, atheists, and members of cults who are looking for an objectively written, highly cogent and practically presented argument for the orthodox Christian faith. If you are a nominal Christian or fall into any of the categories above, I dare you to read this book! Until you do you will likely not have enough information to make realistic arguments for your belief system. It is that good!

I am a voracious reader and in a typical week will read two or three books. I am also a trained Christian apologist who has spent many hours thinking about these things. So I am not easily impressed by, nor drawn into thought processes that are illogical or not well developed. This book is a must read for everyone genuinely looking for truth.

Dr. Phillip Johnson says “atheism requires gobs of blind faith, while the path to logic and reason leads straight to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Geisler and Turek show why.” Josh McDowell says that if you are still an atheist after reading this book, “then I suspect that you are in denial.” Cal Thomas says “this book should disturb anyone claiming to be an atheist.” I would add to this by saying that it should disturb anyone not enthusiastically claiming the tenants, and living out the orthodox Christian faith.

The logically and objectively presented thesis of this book is that it takes far more faith to be an atheist than it does to be a Christian, given the evidences for each position. Genuine evidences must be rooted in, and reveal truth.

In order to lay the foundations for their arguments, Geisler and Turek give several truths about truth in their book that steal the relativist’s thunder and leaves him bankrupt when attempting relativistic faith in every claim of truth by every religion (postmodernism). Some of those truths are as follows:
Truth is discovered, not invented. It exists independent of anyone’s knowledge of it. (Gravity existed prior to Newton).
Truth is transcultural; if it true, it is true for all people, in all places, at all times; (2+2=4 for all people, in all places, at all times).
Truth is unchanging even though our beliefs about truth do change; (when we began to believe that the world was round instead of flat, the truth about the earth did not change, only our belief about the earth changed).
Beliefs can not change facts, no matter how genuinely they are held; (someone can genuinely believe the world is flat, but that only makes that person sincerely mistaken).
Truth is not affected by the attitude of the one professing it. (An arrogant person does not make the truth he professes false. A humble person does not make the error he professes true).
All truths are absolute truths. Even truths that appear to be relative are absolute. (For example, ‘I, Frank Turek, feel warm on November 20, 2003 may appear to be a relative truth, it is actually absolutely true for everyone, everywhere that Frank Turek had a sensation of warmth on that day).

In short, contrary beliefs are possible but contrary truths are not possible.

You can not reasonably hold that what is true for me is not true for you!