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No, didn't miss that part at all. I'm wondering why you thought I had. Something in my post, obviously. It's just not obvious to me.

Edit: After rereading my post and your reply, perhaps I see what you are driving at. Yes, if the Christian understanding is rejected, then what difference does "God's behavior" make to the one rejecting it? They can certainly argue (and often do argue) that Christianity effects society directly, and thus effects them indirectly. A simple example would be Blue Laws.

But my overall point is that while the atheist wishes to reject Christianity (which he is perfectly free to do) he also wants to hold onto certain ways of looking at the world that only make sense when viewed through the lens of a transcendental worldview like Christianity. For example, he wants to stand on what he obviously believes is the moral high ground in judging the Christian God as tyrannical, while holding a worldview that cannot make sense out of moral absolutes. The atheist is constantly wanting to hold in one hand, what he keeps throwing away with the other. This points to something. And the more they try to explain away these apparent contradictions between their professed presuppositions and their subsequent less central beliefs and behaviors, the more irrational they appear to become.

When I rejected atheism, it wasn't as a result of finding some evidence in a book or lab (though there is evidence). It was really a result of coming to a realization about myself and the world. I realized that it was impossible to be a consistent atheist and remain a sane human being. Thus, like most other atheist, I was an inconsistent atheist. As a result of three conversations with three very different Christians, conversations where they mostly asked questions of me, I had an epiphany in thought. That was merely the first major step in a chain of events that eventually led me to Christian orthodoxy. Been there for years now, and grateful.