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Perhaps Under a God, Perhaps Not

Posted by – 9/14/05

“Imagine every morning if the teachers had the children stand up, place their hands over their hearts, and say, ‘We are one nation that denies God exists,’” Newdow said in an interview with AP Radio after the ruling.

“I think that everybody would not be sitting here saying, ‘Oh, what harm is that.’ They’d be furious. And that’s exactly what goes on against atheists. And it shouldn’t.” more…

So Newdow, the crusading atheist comes back with one more. But he misses a crucial philosophical point. A society that embraces that God exists is not the same to an atheist as a society that denies God’s existence is to a believer. If God doesn’t exist and everyone around me wishes to think God does, then I merely laugh at their feeble attempts and waste of time. But if God does exist and everyone around me chooses to think otherwise, then I might find that to be a truly sad display and mourn their souls. Because you see, if God doesn’t exist, then why does it matter? You might as well let people believe whatever they please. It is for this reason that I’ve never been able to understand crusading non-believers. What are you crusading for? The absence of something?

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. -C.S. Lewis

But Lewis may be able, as with most brilliant minds, to sum up my argument in a single sentence:

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

Update from Ian Schwartz (hat tip La Shawn Barber):

Athiests [sic] account for 902,000 or 0.4% of the US population. Those who believe in a God or some sort of a higher being account for over 86% of the US population. It is amazing that such a small minority can rule over a large majority.

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