Dear anonymous person,
Thank you for asking. Here’s the short answer:
No. I’m not an atheist.
Here’s the long answer:
The word “atheism” means “without gods” and asserts a position of certainty that no god exists. Some atheists claim that atheism does not assert that and is, in fact, the absence of an assertion, which is ridiculous to me. If atheism is the non certainty that there are no gods, then the term “atheism” fails to mean anything.
Atheists on either side of this definition will claim that there is simply no reason to believe in a god since there is no evidence to affirm His/Her/Its existence. Even if this statement were true, which it isn’t (and I’ll get there in a minute), atheism’s lack of evidence does not in any way disprove the existence of a god. Simply put, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. I find it absolutely incredible that a person can start with the reasonable consideration of a universe without a supernatural creator and then from there, make the enormous leap to the certainty of no god with no real evidence to bridge this massive gap.
Atheism, as an effect, has been struggling since its own beginning to provide an adequate explanation for the origin of the universe. In this cause and effect universe, something always has to come from an antecedent something else. Ex nihilo (or “out of nothing”) cannot exist, so atheists go far out out of the way of observable evidence to speak of multiverses and big nothings colliding. Anything to avoid the supernatural big bang of an intelligent designer.
The only reasonable way to end this infinite regress is the existence of a being capable of commencing an initial force, or big bang; a being which lives outside of the natural universe. A supernatural force is the only logical primary cause to this big effect in which we exist.
This is why the existence of a creator is what I would consider a logical axiom. Philosopher Alvin Plantinga refers to this type of belief as properly basic.
How do I know that God truly exists?
How do I know that other minds truly exist outside of my mind?
How do I know that the past truly exists; that I didn’t just come into being seconds ago with preconceived, false memories?
None of these questions can be answered outside of subjective thought and yet most everyone operates within these and other axioms that simply don’t require the justification of other beliefs.
So why am I a Christian theist?
This properly basic belief has been confirmed by the personal revelation resulting from an honest pursuit of God. I simply witnessed the God who was there as revealed through the Bible, the historicity of Jesus, and the personal experience of the Holy Spirit.
Believing in God based on personal experience is just like believing in the past based on personal experience. Christian theism, to me, is not only the more plausible worldview, but the only possible worldview based on everything I logically know and understand, including the the way in which I can come to know and understand anything else. The ability to even consider and doubt God presupposes His existence in the life of that mind.
Whew, thanks anon. I’ve been meaning to get my thoughts sorted out on concerning all that. Whatever your reason was for asking, I hope I’ve expressed my views loud and clear. If anyone else would like to ask a question about anything, I’d love to try to give my best answer. Just click the tab to the left that says “ask me anything.”