Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wanting God to exist

Here's an interesting article about how seeing people come to desire God's existence is going to be more important in the 21st Century than giving people a bunch of rational reasons to believe in God.

I have to say that I definitely agree with this argument.  I've seen a lot of people believe in God without regard to whether every single piece of their belief system matches up rationally.  For that matter, I've seen a lot of people believe a lot of other things without regard to rationality.  It seems that our culture is moving to an culture that is increasingly centered on emotion rather than rationality.  We can complain about this, we can argue that it's not a good move, but I don't think that there's much chance of changing a cultural shift like this.  The only way to change a whole culture is to change individuals who can then change the culture.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this post as well, and I agree with your point here, Anna. I would like to think the shift was needed, though moving too far. Better put, a reaction against the idolatry of reason, a phrase if I recall correctly that the post used.

    Our full humanity and all that entails is involved in the call of God through Christ and what follows, as I know you have said in different ways. I believe we are suffering terribly even as a church with the overemphasis on reason. Even though at the same time reason certainly has its place, and is terribly important in part in the expression of our love for God.