The following statement was shared with me a few weeks ago by a person with whom I was having a conversation on Facebook: “If there were evidence of the existence of God (any God) then faith wouldn’t be necessary.”
His error, as I pointed out, was the assumption that faith is necessary to hold for the existence of God. In fact, faith is not necessary to hold for the existence of God. Reason is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of God. Faith is what we believe about the God Whose existence reason demonstrates. As Catholics, then, we don’t really believe that God exists. We know that God exists! Reason tells us so. In fact, I’ve yet to come across a rational argument against the existence of God. Most of the arguments atheists present against the existence of God are founded on faith, with others founded on personal experience or erroneous assumptions.
For the past several weeks, I’ve posted on my blog a series of articles summarizing the arguments St. Thomas Aquinas offered that demonstrate the existence of God, objections to these arguments, and responses to those objections. If you’re interested in reading them, you can visit my blog and look for the articles “An Introduction to the Evidence for the Existence of God.”
Atheists make the error of claiming that there is no evidence for God. In fact, there’s a great deal of evidence for God’s existence. The question is (and it’s a legitimate question) is the evidence for God’s existence convincing. Obviously, to some it isn’t, while to others it is. When atheists make this claim, they usually mean that there isn’t any scientific evidence for the existence of God. This is silly, really. Science is about measuring the physical world. Why in the world would anyone think that it is possible for the sciences to measure a Being Who exists outside the created order? The notion that God can be measured by science is based on the assumption that God is part of the created order, that the Creator is somehow a part of the creation He created! But, this is absurd, as anyone with a clear, objective, and unbiased mind ought to be able to see without difficulty. If God is God, we wouldn’t expect Him to be subject to the same laws that govern the world He made, any more than we would expect a potter to be governed by the same laws that govern the pot. The great error of atheism is that it assumes God is too small to be God.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.