Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Chris. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
As you may be aware, so few are atheist, even agnostic. The Pew Religious Landscape survey reports that 22.8% of the U.S. is religiously unaffiliated, and atheists make up 3.1% and agnostics 4% of the U.S.population. … According to numerous global studies on atheism, there are 450 to 500 million positive atheists and agnostics worldwide (7% of the world’s population), with China having the most atheists (200 million). [We haven’t checked those figures.] This is simply because the vast majority of people know we were created by an all powerful supernatural intelligence, a deity, God. The evidence is utterly overwhelming.
Yes, it’s overwhelming. Then he says:
While I understand why science only recognizes material solutions/causes, the existence of God is logical. There is not otherwise enough time to account for the complexity and size of the universe.
Very persuasive, but Chris has even more reasons. He tells us:
The necessary first cause, the natural law, the age of the sun, the age of the moon, the average erosion rate, the information required at the start (DNA), the absence of all transitional intermediates [Wow!], three of the world’s five major fossil beds having saltwater, fresh, arctic and tropical remains, the second law of thermodynamics, the impossible mathematical probabilities, the obvious design [Obvious!], the precise tuning of all the systems, the irreducible complexity, all ought to confront any reasonable person.
That, dear reader, is a veritable ark-load of solid arguments. And that’s not all. Chris continues:
And there’s so much more in terms of evidence. The fulfilled prophecies, historical veracity, amazingly preserved scriptures, the plausibility of the Christian faith should give every intellectually honest and independent critical thinker pause to consider.
Then he explains what is probably your problem, dear reader:
Usually, unbelief is a heart issue: an unwillingness to submit to the authority of a holy and righteous God which keeps people away, or even from seeking Him. Be but willing to believe, humbly seek wisdom from God, responding to the revelation given, and more will be given; it’ll be like scales falling from your eyes. Once you see, you always and everywhere see. I have no doubt whatsoever, we will all one day meet Jesus.
Isn’t this great? Let’s read on:
I would encourage you to pray for wisdom, asking the Lord as He promises, “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Chris finishes with some advice for an atheist who wrote an earlier letter that we can’t find:
I would advise T.J. and his like, to humbly, try it, even offering a prayer, “If You exist, show me,” for He promises that He will reveal Himself. You don’t want to get this wrong.
That sounds like good advice. Why don’t you try it, dear reader?
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