“The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.” -Father Brown, in The Oracle of the Dog, G.K. Chesterton
“In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find a rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference … DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” – Richard Dawkins, River our of Eden
BTW NOTES: This line of reasoning is the destruction of morality. Hitler was just dancing to the music of his DNA.
God is a foundational assumption that must be in place to have an intelligible view of the universe. It’s not that unbelievers don’t think intelligently about the universe, but their most basic assumptions about it are hostile to the way they engage the world around them. Without God, morality becomes impossible to justify. As do scientific laws, and laws of logic. These have to be designed by Someone and deliberately set within our universe, or we have every reason to doubt their existence, or at least wonder if they actually mean what we have always assumed them to mean. Honest unbelief requires contemplating the possibility that we might just be lying to ourselves about what the universe is, and what we are.
“It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope that there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.” -Thomas Nagel, The Last Word, 130.
“God is not a projection of our needs; we were created for him. If anything, we are a ‘projection’ into reality created for his pleasure.” -Sinclair Ferguson (unverified)
“The upshot of what I have been saying is this: when men today say that Christ is God they often do so not because they think high of Christ but because they think desperately low of God.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior
If we think of God as having some attributes which we also possess, we may conceivably be doing it for one or the other of two reasons. In the first place, we may be doing it because we are making God in our own image. But, in the second place, we may be doing it because God has made us in his image.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior