I just finished reading Terry Pratchett’s Feet of Clay. I really enjoyed it, and can see why the ‘City Watch’ books from the Discworld series have been so highly recommended to me (I read Guards! Guards! not long ago too). This is not a book review, but if you want a good read and a good laugh I would recommend reading Feet of Clay. This blog post is about atheism. One quote from the book, which may have been quite throwaway but struck me as being profound, was this:
Atheism is also a religious position…Indeed, a true atheist thinks of the Gods constantly, albeit in terms of denial. Therefore, atheism is a form of belief. If the atheist truly did not believe, he or she would not bother to deny.
I know the above refers to “The Gods” and not the one God I follow, but it does strike me that atheism is a form of belief and not necessarily the mere lack of belief it is often seen as. For example, as a Christian I trust in Jesus and I have entrusted not just my life now but also my eternity to him. I have a real, living hope of eternal life and heaven, and am convinced that he is at work in my life. The atheist also exercises faith, for they entrust their daily lives and also their eternal destinations-to nothing. Now that takes a lot of faith!
You may argue that atheists may not believe in life after death, and fair enough if that’s you, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t or can’t happen. Christians and atheists cannot both be right, as either God is real or He isn’t. One group will find out sooner or later that they have feet of clay, and everything they have believed in will come crashing down around them! If I’m right, that’s great! If I’m wrong, what have I lost? If the atheist is right, touchee. But if they are wrong…