Atheist trolls are so perceptive.
Earlier today I tweeted “TGIF, Though I thank God for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday Also!”
In reply someone tweeted “why not thank the tooth fairy instead?”
I really appreciate the fact that someone out there is scrubbing Twitter in search of references to God and replying to individuals they don’t know with such important information.
Wow, I never before made the connection between mythical creatures and belief in God. I am devastated – I will have to totally rethink this belief in God thing. After 40 years of atheism how did I miss that connection when I became Catholic. If only he could have tweeted that then and saved me so much annoyances like repenting and all that. After all throughout history people have had equal belief in both God and the Tooth Fairy. Earlier hunter-gatherers after they made up “god” to explain everything followed this up by also inventing the tooth fairy to explain away what to do with children’s teeth. It is a little know fact that after St. Thomas Aquinas went on to to describe five ways of knowing God in the Summa Theologica he then wrote about the ways of knowing about the existence of Tooth Fairies.
Objection 1. It seems that the Tooth Fairy does not exist because no one has ever seen one and it is quite an improbable creature.
Objection 2. There is inequality in the amount that children receive in monetary compensation for placing their baby teeth underneath their pillow.
On the contrary, The Tooth Fairy exists.
I answer that, Since I already believe in God than subsequently I must believe in all mythical creatures equally with no degrees of discernment whatsoever.
Over at John C. Wright’s blog “A reader I hope is young and not being serious asks:”
Let me get this straight: you, a presumably rational individual who writes science fiction stories for a living, sincerely believes that the creator of our 13.7 billion year-old universe of 70 sextillion stars magically impregnated a human female about 2000 years ago – a woman who then gave birth to a son named Jesus who performed miracles, rose from the dead and served as the creator’s messenger to humanity?
This might make for a mildly interesting, if outlandish, science fiction story, but the source of your belief system? If you’re going to base your life philosophy on absurd myths, why not choose something a bit more interesting? Why not master the Dark Side of the Force or the Golden Path, becoming a Sith Lord or a God-Emperor and strive to rule a Galaxy? Why choose something as ridiculous and wretched as Christianity? I must admit I am rather perplexed…
John C. Wright replies to him in much less snarky tones than would be my initial response to a question put that way. He describes how his conversion from atheism involved a miracle and that of course the response from his atheist friends was basically “Since miracles can’t occur because my philosophy tells me so, no evidence to the contrary be be entertained.”
I then discovered that the Christian world view makes sense of much that the atheistic or agnostic worldview cannot make sense of, and even on its own philosophical terms, is a more robust explanation of the cosmos and man’s place in it, answering many questions successfully that atheists both claim cannot be answered, and then, without admitting it, act in their lives as if the question were answered, such as how to account for the rational faculties of man, the universality of moral principles, the order of the cosmos, how best to live, etc.
At one time I would have used the same level of sarcasm and perplexity about any atheist who became a Christian. My reaction in regards to believers was to pity them for not living a life of reason as I did. The fact that my worldview undermined reason and that I unreasonably expected intelligibility in my atheistic philosophy had not yet occurred to me. My later investigation into Christianity and ultimately the truth of the Catholic Church came first off from the gift of faith which subsequently opened up my intellect to confirm what the gift of faith had given me.
After decades of atheism my newborn faith in God both filled me with joy and seriously scared me. You might say it scared the hell into me since previously I believed in no such thing. Faith for a lifetime atheist is a scary thing. For one thing you are always testing the claims of faith or at least this was so in much case. I constantly asked myself “am I deceiving myself”? How can I put aside a lifetime of belief for something I could not prove by empirical means? The roller coaster of both faith and having to wait for your intellect to catch up is unnerving to say the least. So I read everything I could get my hands on both to grow in faith and perhaps to find that fatal flaw to faith so I could go back to my old ways. I only wish religion was a crutch and an opiate. Actually acknowledging and repenting of your sins is no fun at all. Each day you wake up and know that repentance is not a one time action and requires growing in virtue and avoiding the occasion of sin. Not exactly my idea of an opiate. As Julie of Happy Catholic quoted in her book “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.” – Alice Cooper. If I was going to have faith why couldn’t it be a religion where I believed in some mythical creature and didn’t have to change any aspect of my life?
That roller coaster of both faith and serious difficulties in understanding my faith was thankfully relatively short lived. “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” – Blessed John Henry Newman. As I started to read more philosophy and apologetics these difficulties via the use of reason diminished. I will always be thankful for the “Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald K. Tacelli in that I first really found that not only was the Christian faith reasonable, but that reason itself was not something you left behind. I came more and more to see the symphonic nature of truth in how it multiples itself in every aspect and what seemed to be congruent truths were weaved together in a coherent tapestry for me to investigate. In the last 13 years I have rejoiced in exploring that complex tapestry and to see more details in those threads. This does not mean you never again have difficulties and questions since both the believer and the nonbeliever will always have a tension in the thought “what if I am mistaken?”. Only total arrogance can eliminate such a tension.
So while ultimately atheism is not a coherent philosophy, people are more than the philosophy they might believe. I once pitied believers, but as far as atheists go I only pray that they receive at the minimum the gifts I have received and that they are much less hard-headed than I was.
If I have one regret (leaving aside a thousand failings as a person, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend — and my lazy, slapdash, selfish attitude as an actor) it would be that I didn’t take the decision to become a Catholic in my early twenties. That would have sorted out a lot of my life and sweetened it. (p. 560) — Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography