Templeton Project: Questions Unbelievers (especially Atheists) May Ask in Dialogue
Check out the latest piece entitled “Questions Unbelievers (especially Atheists) May Ask in Dialogue.”
- Grounds for the Project
- The Biblical Foundation – Apology
- Apology in the New Testament II
- Apology in the New Testament III
- With Gentleness and Respect
- Elect Exiles of the Dispersion – the Importance of Identity
- The Present Cultural Environment in America
- Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Push Back’
- Saint Paul’s Civility
- Christ, Culture, and Christians
- Jesus and His Opponents in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew
- The Holy Spirit as Apologist
- On Listening to God and One Another
- Deep Conviction and Commitment
What questions may unbelievers (especially atheists) ask you in a dialogue or conversation? Here are a few:
Why is there so much suffering in my life and in the world? (Subset: Why is my mother dying? Why is my daughter on drugs? Why did all of those people die in that earthquake? Why doesn’t God prevent war)?
I can’t see God. How do I know He exists?
Tell me why natural science is not sufficient to explain all that we can know and need to know?
Religion (the Church) holds back progress. Don’t we need to be freed from such a superstition? Defend your answer.
Why has the Church been behind so much violence and death (the Crusades are a prime example)?
I have tried to believe, but have not been successful. Why?
Why hasn’t God answered my prayers?
These and other questions unbelievers ask. At least some of these questions Christians ask. These are some of the perennial questions that come from doubt about the reality of God or cause doubt. As we continue on in our journey we will add questions to this brief article. Don’t forget to check back.
In a previous article, we commended the biblical idea that the Holy Spirit gives us the words to say when we are defending and witnessing to the faith. Do we need to study despite what the Scriptures say about the power of the Holy Spirit? Yes, a Christian must always be intent on learning from the Bible and other literature. We should not use the Holy Spirit as an excuse to be intellectually and spiritually lazy.
Michael G. Tavella
July 6, 2019