A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why by David G. Myers

By David G. Myers

A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal floor. For these whose considering has moved from the spiritual thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers deals tips to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He exhibits how skeptics and folks of religion can proportion a dedication to cause, proof, and significant considering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making experience of the universe, giving aspiring to lifestyles, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and delivering wish within the face of adversity and demise.

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Both the scientific and biblical worldviews assume—in contradiction to spiritualist claims of reincarnation, astral projection, and seances with the dead—that without our bodies we are nothing. As C. S. indd 31 6/21/08 6:24:39 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s proving ’survival’ . . ” If indeed we are embodied minds and mindful bodies, then we should care about ourselves and others, living bodies and all. ) Our spirituality is rooted not in possessing a thing but in deep feelings of connection and devotion to something much larger than self.

The idea that human minds are the product of evolution is not atheistic theology,” declared a 2007 Nature editorial. ” Even Darwin would today be astonished at the convergence of evidence supporting his big idea— “the single best idea anyone has ever had,” offered Daniel Dennett. Radiocarbon dating has revealed the antiquity of the earth and its fossil remains. Intermediate life forms have been discovered precisely where and when evolutionary theory has predicted. indd 45 6/21/08 6:25:32 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s shared by humans and mice.

We are dust to dust, ashes to ashes. indd 30 6/21/08 6:24:39 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t ic s an d at h e is t s is our birthright with It is easier, perhaps, to hope for or even or without God—but believe in an afterlife without faith in rather God-given. a personal God. One simply regards Thus Christendom’s survival as part of the nature of things. Apostle’s Creed —martin gardner, “faith: why i am proclaims not the not an atheist” (1999) immortality of the soul but the renewal through the Resurrection of some sort of bodily existence, the only conceivable existence in the biblical view.

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