Last week I solicited best-shot arguments for why we should NOT believe.
I’ll give a free copy of Daniel Taylor’s The Skeptical Believer to what I think is the best argument for doubt/disbelief…there’s still time. Lemme know.
I have received a lot of responses so far, some predictable, some ancient and intractable and others truly, profoundly (dare I say…Christianly?) moral.
This is an example of the third- and what I take to be the most compelling- kind:
“Why someone wouldn’t believe in God?
My sister is profoundly mentally retarded.
She was born with a clef lip and palette.
She is 44 years old and still has trouble walking.
She still wears diapers.
And she is deaf.
And she gets mad.
When she gets mad, she smashes her head into a corner.
And busts it open.
And it bleeds like mad.
Having known her, I know what I wouldn’t have known otherwise:
That there are multitudes of other people with similar conditions.
Nobody talks about caring for the retarded.
We all have sympathy for the sick child (and with good reason), but people like my sister are forgotten about by the mainstream (by God?).
People like my sister are made into jokes by callous people (“What are you, retarded or something?”).
My sister is cared for by an underpaid, overworked, and understaffed group of huge hearted people.
But, that’s an example, at least in my mind, of why someone would challenge the belief in God.
I’ve gotten over it, but it’s mostly by saying that I simply don’t get it.”