Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case is Dr. Frank Turek’s new book. According to Dr. Turek, “Atheists sit in God’s lap to slap his face”. Here are seven questions for atheists that are taken from the book.
1. Do you consider yourself a “free thinker?” Free will and reason do not exist in materialistic worldview. Free will and the laws of logic are not made of matter. And if non-rational laws of physics determine everything we think, there is no reason to trust our reasoning as true. So are you really freely thinking anything?
2. Do you think more time will help you discover the source of the first cause? Atheists say, “Give us more time and we will eventually find a natural cause for the beginning of the universe.” According to Dr. Turek, that’s like saying, “Give me more time and I’ll discover that I gave birth to my own mother.” It is impossible. Since space, time and matter had a beginning, we know that the cause can’t be made of space time or matter. Nature is the effect so it can’t be the cause. You will never find a natural cause for the beginning of the universe.
3. Where do you get rights? Atheists are supporters of absolute rights to abortion, same sex marriage and other issues but they can’t ground them. Seven billion people can make a subjective claim to rights. But objective moral rights can only come from an objective moral law giver who is outside of ourselves.
4. Are you nothing but a collection of molecules? Or are there immaterial aspects to you? This question leads to a discussion about free will, consciousness, the mind.
5. Do you believe that you are an atheist and I am Christian because of the laws of physics and chemistry? Or do you choose atheism freely? This is a great opening question will lead to a discussion about free will.
6. If free will is an illusion, how did you escape the illusion to discover that free will is an illusion? Is it like waking up from a dream?
7. Is rape wrong? Do you believe that your conviction that rape is wrong is as arbitrary as the fact that we’ve evolved with five fingers instead of six? Evolution is interested in fitness, survival, and change over time. It can’t provide objective unchanging morality.
If you and I are prepared to engage our atheist friends with good questions, we can be bold.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7