God’s Not Dead, Chapter 1 – God’s Not Dead (pt3)
GOD’S NOT DEAD
Beginning the first chapter, the author quotes John Lennox “…which is a delusion? Christianity or atheism?” I highlighted and expounded on the two options given and examine the definition of delusion:
- Christianity – the belief in a single specific god claim over and above all others
- Atheism – the lack of belief in any god claim until proven
Delusion – an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.
So, which would be the delusion? The acceptance of a single god claim to the exclusion of all others or the holding back of belief in any god claim until proof is provided? It seems quite obvious to myself which is more likely to be the delusion but what do you think? The author doesn’t even give a reason for the use of these quotes or his thoughts on them so we are left to wonder.
Another quote attributed to G.K. Chesterton is used, “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” I don’t know when this quote arose but I doubt this was ever true. Skeptics pride themselves on not believing claims without sufficient evidence. The way I took this quote and the use by the author it means we “skeptics” would believe claims for any other gods, mermaids, cryptids, giants, etc. Just putting this out there but I don’t believe in any of those things just as much as I don’t believe in any god.
The author tells a story about a day that his brother had planned to talk him out of his “born-again thing” but ended with his baptizing his brother in their swimming pool. This is another of this author’s too good to be true stories. It may be my skepticism talking but I wouldn’t believe this story unless there was evidence better than his and his brother’s word. In the book I simply bracketed the story and wrote “unbelievable and unlikely.