Tag Archives: Atheism and Faith

2000 years of failure

My former father-in-law was not a religious man. The only time I saw him go to church was when I married his daughter. But for the last twenty years of his life he was adamant that he had literally seen … Continue reading

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Physics and metaphysics

The essential difference between beliefs based on scientific proof and those based on faith is revelation. So, for example, we believe that the earth travels around the sun because mathematical and astronomical evidence shows that it’s so. But belief in … Continue reading

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If you really exist, let me know

I got an email recently from a person I hadn’t seen for thirty years. I first met her when she was quietly going mad because of loneliness, separated from everyone she knew. We became good friends; but the one thing … Continue reading

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‘With joy in my heart’

Alec Guinness described how, one day while walking through London, he felt an irresistible urge to enter a church. He said, ‘With joy in my heart, and in a state of almost sexual excitement, I knelt; caught my breath, and … Continue reading

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The mathematical odds required for life

Astrophysicist Hugh Ross points out that for life of any kind to exist the number of electrons present has to be equivalent to the number of protons to a factor of one part in ten to the power of thirty … Continue reading

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Surrounded by the miraculous

The poet Walt Whitman once said that we are surrounded by the miraculous but don’t recognise it. Science has increased our sense of awe, as it unfolds the marvels of the Universe; but many assume that because we know how … Continue reading

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Knowing where to look

Someone once asked the famous sceptic Bertrand Russell what the first thing would be that he’ll say to God when he meets Him. He replied that if he were to actually meet such a being he’d ask Him why He … Continue reading

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