How many times have I read an Atheist online making the statement, as if it were a simple and unassailable fact, “There’s just no evidence for the existence of God”?
How embarrassing! This claim is either a confession that you are too ignorant to be debating the subject or it is an unintentional admission of dishonesty. You can say that you don’t find the evidence sufficient, you can say that you don’t find it convincing, you can say that there is counter-evidence you find more compelling, and we can profitably discuss those claims. If you say there is no evidence, you have just signaled your unwillingness to have an honest debate.
There is evidence: the contingency, intelligent design, and fine-tuning of the universe; the persistence of a moral law that refuses to be reduced to convention or utilitarianism; the historical evidence for the resurrection of Christ; the changed lives of believers. All these things can be disputed, but they are out there. To ignore them and pretend they don’t exist is either willful ignorance or dishonesty. What else can you call it?
Not all Atheists are like this, but an appalling number are, judging by what they post on FaceBook and various websites. Call the dishonest Atheists out on this every time! Do not let them get away with it.
Donald T. Williams is president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. For more of his apologetic work, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Reflections from Plato’s Cave: essays in pursuit of goodness, truth, and beauty!