THE FAITH OF THE ATHEIST

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.” (Hebr 11: 1-3)

 

I’m thinking that the atheist view is also a faith, because it is a “conviction of things not seen.” Because the atheist has “not seen” that God does not, indeed, exist. The atheist “faith” is not, however, an “assurance of things hoped for.” It is a choice, rather, to close the door on hope and on the ambivalences of mystery. Hence atheism tends to be sad, because it lacks hope, and it tends to be dull, because it lacks mystery. It is limited to man-made “understanding” like philosophy or mythology, while missing out on “divine approval,” i.e., the voice of God to us.

 

Today I choose, once again, to embrace the ambivalence “of things hoped for.” I embrace the adventure of mystery, both in my relationship with God and with others, all “made out of things that do not appear.” May I be mindful today “of things not seen,” by the grace of His word.

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