On a tip from Denyse O’Leary over at Uncommon Descent, I went over to Townhall.com and read Frank Pastore’s article from yesterday, “Why Atheism Fails: The Four Big Bangs.” Frank apparently used to be a Major League pitcher (I’m no BB fan) who also has graduate degrees in both philosophy of religion and political philosophy. Anyway, Frank used to be an atheist, and knowing both sides of the arguments, he posits what he sees as what are still the challenges to atheism, that atheists cannot adequately answer. (From the comments to the post, I’d have to agree with him.) Pastore concludes:
Since the pre-Socratics, atheists have been intellectual parasites living off the host of Western Civilization. Able to construct so very little of their own that is either true, good, or beautiful, they live on the borrowed capital of their believing intellectual parents. Atheists have been asserting the same basic mechanistic worldview, and with roughly the same success, for centuries. They sell books and win converts from time to time, sure, especially among those gullible enough to buy the “just popped” thesis. Don’t be gullible.
But, for me, the real value of atheism lies in bolstering belief in God. When I doubt, I can begin to doubt my doubts by returning to the Four Big Bangs. And, I eventually fall to my knees and worship, “In the beginning, God.”
Pastore is responding to the several recent works asserting atheism that, in his opinion, fail to adequately answer the four Big Questions:
1) What is the origin of the universe?
2) What is the origin of life?
3) What is the origin of mind?
4) What is the origin of good and evil?
And, Pastore goes on to say, “For their many obfuscating words, the authors still don’t improve much beyond the “just popped” thesis, if at all.”
If you’re at all interested in this topic, which I presume you are if you’ve read this far, read Pastore’s entire article. It’s short, but he has a lot more to say on the problems with the atheist position. And, if you’re really bored you can read a few of the 185 (at the point I read it) comments.