A Priest,Â Robert Barron,Â wrote a columnÂ about how aggressive nonbelievers have become inÂ books, comments and arguments.Â He notes, correctly, they seem not content to remain silent as in past times.
He warns ChristiansÂ theyÂ are in for a battle and should arm themselves.Â They, especially, should develop intellectual arguments to counter those offered by nonbelievers.
He offersÂ an “intellectual” argument:Â Â Â Christians believe “humans are hard wired to believe in God.”Â This is the case because no amount of worldly possessionsÂ bring “fulfillment”.
He goes on to say that he is certain leading nonbelievers have a secret and unspoken desire to believe in God.Â This isÂ familar.Â Â It has been stated here several times about me.
I can understand thereÂ are people whoÂ believe everyone thinks like they do.Â And,Â they may wellÂ believe those who don’t must have a desire toÂ do so.Â But, this is not an intellectual argument.
Let’s put the shoe on the other foot.Â Let me pose this asÂ “intellectual insight” into the nature of humans:Â Â Every believerÂ is hard wiredÂ not to believe in God.Â This is true because no amount of faith leaves a person thinking he/she is perfect.Â Thus,Â everyone seeks to escape from faith.
Father Barron’s argument has no more depth than mine.Â He should simplyÂ defend the faith in this way:Â Â OneÂ Â slice of the populationÂ gets something important from the faith.Â AnotherÂ does not.Â
That’s about all there is to it.