Sunday, March 28, 2010

What are the strongest threads of atheistic thought today?

There's a common proverb that "For those who do not believe in God, no proof is possible; and for those who do, no proof is necessary."

I won't criticize this proverb too harshly--I know why it is so credible. But as a matter of history, the Catholic Church has come down on the side of saying, yes, God's existence is a fact knowable by reason.

In other words, the existence of God is not an object of faith (at least, not properly or exclusively).

It's the other things--the Resurrection, the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Birth--that are objects of faith.

But God's existence is not. The existence of God is something that can be known. Such a statement is likely to draw criticism from believers and non-believers alike. But I would like to propose a fresh, all-encompassing approach to the God question. I would like to gather up the threads of atheistic discourse, analyze them into their components, and provide an alternative approach to uncovering the existence of God.

So here's my question. Where do I begin? How can I get the best bird's eye view of the current landscape of atheistic thought? I am already quite familiar with Richard Dawkins and But I still need to collect as many atheistic resources as possible. Perhaps some of my less pious friends will indulge me.


Matt of CG said...

It's time to take that arsenal of new experiences back to YouTube. Skittles leave stains. Take care not to eat their candy.

Paperback Writer said...

I was reading a book (shocking, I know) and came across the name Christopher Hitchens, who wrote "God is Not Great." Are you already familiar with him? I guess he's right up there with Dawkins.

Matt of CG said...

Teleology vs. teleonomy, which will win?