We Freethinkers are in the middle of our annual conference. I just have a few minutes to jot down something that I’m wondering about.
Last night was the BIG debate. The President of Minnesota Atheists debated with a fine debater from Northwest College, formerly Northwest Bible College, in Minneapolis. They had debated before and have developed a debate format that is polite but also very informative of the two positions.
One of the striking things I took from it was how often the Christian side has to resort to, “That is yet to be revealed” , “That is not ours to know” and “The mystery is part of the faith.”
These come from questions, many from the audience, like “Why does God keep hiding?” and “Why does God allow tragedies and suffering?”
The atheist does not have to dodge such questions because the truth as the atheist sees it does not have been hidden. Instead of, for example, saying the origin of the universe was caused by someone we know is there but will not show or reveal himself, the atheist can merely say truthly he does not know.
When Christopher Hitchens, the atheist, is asked, “If it turns out there is a God when you die, what will you say to him?”
Hichens says, “I’ll ask him why he did not make himself known?”