The Dogmatism of Atheists

Wednesday is for Thinking

gk-chestertonRan across a fascinating quote from Trevan Wax on the relevance of G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). Thanks to Miguel Labrador for passing on the article by Elise Hilton at the Acton Institute. Full article here. The whole article is worthwhile and just finding an article on one of my favorite authors was enjoyable. Chesterton’s writing is always a wonderful combination of fun and thought, entertainment and wisdom. I’ve read the Father Brown mysteries twice and last Christmas gave the complete set to my son-in-law Dan.

The favorite author’s shelf at my office contains many his books and are surrounded by Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers, Bonhoeffer, Piper, Schaeffer and Montgomery. So, here is Trevan Wax on the relevance and wit of G.K. Chesterton on the current atheism vs theism debates.

“On miracles, he turns the tables to show that it’s believers, not unbelievers who are always appealing to evidence (“This is why I believe this miracle took place”). Meanwhile, it’s unbelievers, not believers who are always appealing to dogma (“Miracles can’t happen”).”

I think that is exactly right (and ironic).

That wouldn’t be a bad idea to memorize this distinction and to work the concept into both your …

  • defense of the gospel (point to the evidence) and
  • the strengthening of your faith (trust in the fact of the resurrection). 

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