by Granville Sewell

All the reasons I have for believing in Jesus fall into three categories: 1) the historical Jesus, 2) the arguments for God’s existence, and 3) people who teach their children life ends in the grave have character defects. The following quote shows that Jean-Paul Sartre knows #1 and understands #2:

Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Being and Nothingness, p. 784)

Sartre’s character defect is that he admired Joseph Stalin. The following quote shows that the author has less of an understanding of #2 than Sartre:

But the history of life on Earth is replete with extremely improbable events and turning a mass of inanimate molecules into zebras, giraffes, and conscious human beings in a few billion years is not in any real sense less miraculous than turning water into wine in an instant.

We can comprehend what human consciousness is because we have it. But we can’t define it. This is why humans are embodied spirits and the human soul is spiritual. In my opinion, it is injudicious to discuss the existence of God with someone who does not admit the human soul is spiritual. In other words, you can prove that the human soul is spiritual. There is also an argument, not a proof, of God’s existence.

The argument is based on the assumption or hope that the universe is intelligible. A universe with only finite beings is less intelligible than a universe with a finite being and an infinite being. That a mass of molecules became a zebra is evidence that the universe is not intelligible. This means it is evidence that God does not exist. The author and all so-called atheists and agnostics agree that evolution is evidence that God exists. The disagreement between them is the importance that they attach to this illusory bit of evidence.