Logic is very useful. Some would even call it necessary. Nonetheless, some seem to go out of their way to deny the use of logic and the question of why this is so can be an interesting one. For example, the most widely endorsed book supporting atheism today is a book entitled, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. However, there's one little problem with the book: the main and central argument of the book is illogical. The book's conclusion does not logically follow from the six preceding premises. This is an objective fact, not a personal and subjective opinion. Yet, a litany of atheists continue to deny that this is true.
Richard Dawkins won't admit that his argument is illogically framed, and he refuses to debate prominent theists on the main subject of his book. Stephen Law, a professional secular atheist philosopher, presented a 1.5 hour analytical lecture on The God Delusion and did not mention the flawed six-point central argument of the book even once in passing throughout the entire lecture. Atheists who come to comment at my blog have been in a state of continual denial regarding this reality. If you are unfamiliar with the background of this subject, I recommend that you read a previous article, "Remember When WL Craig Refuted The God Delusion?"
The reason why I bring this subject here is to outline how this blatant denial of objective facts helps to underscore the truth of spiritual blindness and lostness outlined in scripture. Jesus is described as the Logos made flesh in John chapter 1. And, in case you didn't notice, Jesus never lost a debate recorded in scripture. Jesus offered wise rebuttals that his adversaries could not refute. The same holds true for the fist Christian martyr recorded in the New Testament, Stephen. It says of Stephen in Acts 6, "But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking."
Three characteristics of spiritual blindness and lostness
1. A lack of perception.
2. A hardened heart.
3. A preference for evil over good.
4. The suppression of truth.
Spiritual blindness is a condition that Jesus described on a number of occasions. When Jesus described false teachers, he stated the following:
"Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."[Matthew 15:14 NIV]
Jesus was alluding to the fact that some people simply cannot perceive spiritual truth. It's just not possible for a person at a given moment in time, though things can change in a person's life. One might as well ask a physically blind man to hold his hand in front of his face and ask him to describe it. But there are other characteristics noted about spiritual blindness and lostness as well.
The Bible outlines how people can be stubborn and unwilling to believe spiritual truth. This type of person is on the verge of understanding spiritual truth, but is stubborn and unwilling to admit it. Psalm 95:7 and Hebrews 3.15 encourage this type of person not to be stubborn:
“Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart.”
A third characteristic is outlined in scripture regarding personal motivation. A person can be relegated to live in spiritual darkness due to a love of evil and sin, whether or not this penchant for evil is conscious:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."[John 3.19, NKJV]
Is there any evidence that atheists today walk in spiritual darkness? Many secular atheists won't acknowledge that concepts such as good and evil are valid concepts. However, some secular atheists do believe that there is an objective basis for moral right and wrong. Sam Harris is one such popular example. At my blog, I've noticed that throughout the debate process there is a tendency for secular atheists to begin slandering me with unjustified accusations and with unjustified slams against my character. This is not only immoral, it signifies that there is likely a significant underlying basis for this type of behavior. If these secular atheists were level-headed people with logical and rational thought processes, then there would be no need for unsubstantiated slander against a person defending so-called foolish fairy tales. Yet, this is obviously not the case. Their behavior underscores the fact thatmany atheists retain a deep-seeded animosity towards people who defend the truth of Christ's message.
The Bible describes the nature of "the accuser of the brethren" in Revelation 12.10.[KJV] While I John 4.3 and other verses describe how there is an antichrist spirit operating in the world. These types of examples provide logical explanations for the behavior of secular atheists. As noted in the case of Stephen, it was an underlying hatred that caused these people to kill this representative of Christ as they "gnashed their teeth" at him. This type of hatred and animosity is evident today as well as Christians are persecuted and killed around the world. According to a study made by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, 105,000 people are killed every year because of their Christian faith, that's an average of one every 5 minutes.
The fourth point on the list regards the suppression of truth. Romans 1.18 outlines, "For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative."[AMP] I've already pointed out in another article evidence of how top secular atheist apologists display a tendency of avoiding logic and logical analysis. Logical principles are often used by people to test the truth of ideas. People who avoid logic obviously aren't very interested in testing the truth of ideas.
If you are an atheist who has never given serious thought to the possibility of God's existence, I would recommend that you consider the behavior of "blind guides" such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Law. They are perhaps some of the best object lessons helping to underscore the truth of God's existence, as are the atheists at my blog who feel a need to make false and slanderous claims instead of providing objective and logical explanations. Logic is not a subject that can be so easily dismissed by secular atheists, and neither is the organizing principle of the universe or the moral argument for God's existence, or the manner in which scientific discoveries regarding the nature of health also help to underscore the truth of scripture.
Image: Christ Healing the Blind Man - Eustache Le Sueur. (public domain)