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Quotes: Faith, Scientific Evidence, and Atheism

Posted by Tony Listi on November 19, 2007

“If there is no Creator and therefore no moment of creation, then everything is the result of evolution. If there was no beginning or first cause, then the universe must have always existed. That means the universe has been evolving for an infinite period of time-and, by now, everything should already be perfect. There would have been plenty of time for evolution to have finished and evil to have been vanquished. But there is still evil and suffering and imperfection-and that proves the atheist wrong about the universe.”
-Dr. Peter John Kreeft
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist…. Scripture describes God as a hidden God. You have to make an effort of faith to find him. There are clues you can follow. And if that weren’t so, if there were something more or less than clues, it’s difficult for me to understand how we could really be free to make a choice about him. If we had absolute proof instead of clues, then you could no more deny God than you could deny the sun. If we had no evidence at all, you could never get there. God gives us just enough evidence so that those who want him can have him.”
-Dr. Peter John Kreeft
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“[M]y prejudice is a reasonable prejudice because it’s based on the evidence I’ve gathered in my very real experience. So someone who knows God has evidence-and therefore prejudices based on that evidence-which someone who does not know God does not have.”
-Dr. Peter John Kreeft
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“[Atheism] is an easy answer-maybe, if I may use the word, a cheap answer. Atheism is cheap on people, because it snobbishly says nine out of ten people through history have been wrong about God and have had a lie at the core of their hearts. Think about that. How is it possible that over ninety percent of all the human beings who have ever lived-usually in far more painful circumstances than we-could believe in God? The objective evidence, just looking at the balance of pleasure and suffering in the world, would seem not to justify believing in an absolutely good God. Yet this has been almost universally believed. Are they all crazy? Well, I suppose you can believe that if you’re a bit of an elitist. But maybe, like Leo Tolstoy, we have to learn from the peasants…. ‘Most people have a life that’s harder than mine and yet they find it wonderful. How can they do that? Not with explanations, but with faith.’ He learned from the peasants and found faith and hope. So atheism treats people cheaply. Also it robs death of meaning, and if death has no meaning, how can life ultimately have meaning? Atheism cheapens everything it touches-look at the results of communism, the most powerful form of atheism on earth.”
-Dr. Peter John Kreeft
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“A proponent of the Big Bang theory, at least if he is an atheist, must believe that the…universe came from nothing and by nothing.”
-Anthony Kenny of Oxford University
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“Atheists themselves used to be very comfortable in maintaining that the universe is eternal and uncaused. The problem is that they can no longer hold that position because modern evidence that the universe started with the Big Bang. So they can’t legitimately object when I make the same claim about God-he is eternal and he is uncaused.”
-Dr. William Lane Craig
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural.”
-Sir Arthur Eddington, eminent scientist
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“In the last thirty-five years, scientists have been stunned to discover that the Big Bang was not some chaotic, primordial event, but rather a highly ordered event that required an enormous amount of information. In fact, from the very moment of its inception, the universe had to be fine-tuned to an incomprehensible precision for the existence of life like ourselves. And that points in a very compelling way toward the existence of an Intelligent Designer…. Scientifically speaking, it’s far more probable for a life-prohibiting universe to exist than a life-sustaining one. Life is balanced on a razor’s edge.”
-Dr. William Lane Craig
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

“[Stephen Hawking] has calculated that if the rate of the universe’s expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the universe would have collapsed into a fire ball.
British physicist P.C.W. Davies has concluded the odds against the initial conditions being suitable for the formation of stars-a necessity for planets and thus life-is a one followed by at least a thousand billion zeroes.
Davies also estimated that if the strength of gravity or of the weak force were changed by only one part in a ten followed by a hundred zeroes, life could never have developed.
There are about fifty constants and quantities-for example, the amount of usable energy in the universe, the difference in mass between protons and neutrons, the ratios of the fundamental forces of nature, and the proportion of matter to antimatter-that must be balanced to a mathematically infinitesimal degree for any life to be possible.”
-Dr. William Lane Craig
qtd. in The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

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One Response to “Quotes: Faith, Scientific Evidence, and Atheism”

  1. John Calvin Errickson II said

    Now that you have convinced everyone ‘God exists’ what
    do we do with that information? Throw a big party?

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