Have you carefully considered the reasons why Christians believe in God?
If you do want to read, but you’re strapped for time, the very basics of this answer can be found at the end, summed up into five handy points: just as the authors demands at the close of his answer to this question. I do not use quotes in the way the author does, because my thoughts do not need other people’s words to back up insubstantial beliefs.
I am starting to get a little more polarised against this book, and I think I may be adopting a tone which is closer to my actualy thoughts, rather than attempting to keep this neutral. I did warn you last time that this would happen but, please, read Christian arguments like those Carswell makes and form your own opinions, don’t let yourself be swayed by my thought.
Remember: Think For Yourself!
There are many reasons whilst people believe in God, or any real religion (with the exception of Buddhism, which people believe in for entirely different reasons it seems, and the origins of that religion are amongst the most disgusting cases of mind control that I have ever considered; and a few of the more modern ones, such as Pastafarianism et cetera), but they all essentially boil down to tradition, indoctrination and Fear.
So far as I can comprehend there are no reasons for any format of belief system besides tradition, besides a continued indoctrination of the young, who are told of God’s existence in the same way that they are told that the earth is round, that gravity exists, that people use language to communicate. By merging unfounded beliefs into things that the child can see are real, religion takes the form of a parasite, clinging onto actual subjects, like Mathematics, like Language, like Science.
Of course, fear is the main reason, and always has been the main reason, of spiritual belief. People are frightened that their lives are without meaning, that there is no afterlife, that they will not be able to see their dead family members and friends when they, too, are eventually buried or, if you have any kind of a conscience, cremated.
Religious people cannot accept the idea that we are nothing of any significance, unless we make ourselves significant. Christians in particular cannot accept the fact they are not loved by some all-knowing being, that there is no deity looking out for them and guiding them towards eventual joy. People cannot face the fact that death is an end, that there is no Heaven, no human soul and nothing lives forever.
The author of the book returns to the fact that everything Christians know about God are facts that God Himself relayed to us, and goes on to list some of these ‘facts’. Such opinionated things as the wonder of the universe, which attributing to a single creature, or a single creature claiming to have created, is such a massive degradation of everything the universe holds or an act of such narcissism that it manages to offend even me. For a long time, the author goes on about how slim the chances are of life ever developing, about how it requires this precise combination of ingredients, a sun of such a mass, a planet with such resources and such gravity et cetera, et cetera, whilst refusing to believe that, amongst the billions of billions of planets, surely at least one had to be able to support life.
Oh no, it had to be some perfectly manicured upper class white hand which fine-tuned the universe so that we could exist. I haven’t really thought about it before, but there is an incredible sense of arrogance in the Christian faith; as though they think they are the centre of the universe and that everything was created for us.
His answer continues on like this for some paragraphs, giving examples of evolution and proclaiming that they are the work of intelligent design. Something tells me that Christians really do not understand the concept of time and development of species; at least, this author doesn’t.
He breaks into a tangent regarding the ingrained conscience, quoting Romans 2:15 to state that ‘people have a law written on their hearts’. He claims that this conscience is natural, whereas I would argue that it is simply a further product of society and arrogance.
There is a theory, one which I think is true, to an extent, that all acts of goodness are arrogant, because we receive pleasure from doing them. Society tries to enforce ‘morality’ and ‘generosity’ onto the human. These ideals are so ingrained into the fabric of our society, with the belief that they are ‘good’ even in a world where Good and Evil do not exist, that we will continue to enforce them upon our children.
I struggle with the remainder of the author’s answer, I do not mind confiding in you, because it subsequently goes to contain (if we believe it previously contained) no facts for the remainder of this answer. Instead he states, unequivocally, that the Scripture is fact and contains no private interpretation; that it was written by Holy Men who were moved by the Spirit and other such blatant claims that one cannot doubt the man’s belief, but one also cannot help but realise that Carswell can comprehend no view but his own.
Carswell says that ‘‘In The Beginning, God Created…’ and in those words alone atheism, humanism, spiritism, rationalism, materialism, deism, polytheism and pantheism are dispelled.’ This is a perfect example of why this book, nor any religious work written for the direct purpose of encouraging belief, can be trusted.
Carswells’ claims can, essentially, be boiled down to the idea that ‘I, and others, believe that this is true, therefore you are wrong.’
Of course, I am no better but, by his logic in the previous answer, I am not evil because I don’t believe in God, whereas he, in typical Christian format, is attempting to persuade those innocent men and women who are undecided. He uses language to assume agreement, which the reader is then expected to follow along with, until they see the issue of religion exactly as he does.
The writer of this does not do as I urged you to at the very beginning of this exercise; he does not think, he believes.
Towards the end of the answer, Carswell calls on the ‘Honest Sceptic’ (note how he addresses his challenge to the assumed readership of this book and not someone like myself, the disbeliever)’to explain the order, beauty and wonder of creation, the universality of human conscience, the Bible’s fulfilled promises, the evidence for the resurrection, and the powerful change of life that comes with Christian conversion.’ He asks ‘Would you be willing to call out to God, ask Him to make Himself known to you, and bring you into a relationship with Himself that is both intimate and eternal?’
I shall simply my response, my answer to his answer (which, bulked out by all the quotes he seemed unable to stop himself from using to affirm his arguments, amounted to 17 pages) in a few short paragraphs.
1. The Order, Beauty And Wonder Of Creation – Chance; enough of the universe is barren and, if the universe is as large as we currently believe it is (and does not turn out to be infinite, which is a possibility) then the existence of life is guaranteed.
2. The Universality Of Human Conscience – There is no universal conscience, merely a product of society which delusional figures (such as those who believe instead of think) are capable of putting aside if they are offended enough (religious persecution towards LGBT, other races, other beliefs, anyone who is capable of honest thought in a sterile environment (which isn’t me I know, ah well) and the massive historical evidence of religious atrocities and no actual reason for the belief of Christianity.
Also, religious terrorists (like inquisitors, crusaders or Jihadis) are quite happy to put aside their consciences for their beliefs: the conscience is not fixed thing, it can be avoided with enough delusion or indoctrination.
3. The Bible’s Fulfilled Promises – I am not really aware of any specific promises that have been fulfilled. They are written in the way that horoscopes are, such a vague answer that they can be attributed to almost anything. Another response, one which I disagree with, but which sounds cool, is that ‘If you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it will stick’.
4. Evidence For The Resurrection – There isn’t any. Humans recording things are no reason to believe that they ever occurred. Nobody is going around working to build an army against the Dark Lord Sauron, because Tolkien said he was coming back; no one’s raising a force to repel the Nadir, because Gemmel warned us of their horrors.
5. Powerful Change Of Life That Comes With Conversion – Once again, fear of judgement. Fear that they will suffer for their actions, fear of societal rejection. Fear, fear, fear: there are no positives to religion, particularly not Christianity, when such a threat hangs over anyone’s head.
Thank you for reading this answer which I kind of wish I’d spent more time on. Anyway; think before you believe.
Let me know if you agreed or disagreed (or if you actually managed to make it through the entirety of this answer).