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June 15, 2016

If God is a God of miracles as theists claim, then why doesn’t he perform more to stop evil?

I must admit this is one question I’ve wrestled with in solidarity with my atheist friends.

My initial response is to recall the words of the prophet Isaiah: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD” (Is. 55:8). While I acknowledge this as true, it leaves me dissatisfied.

As a Christian I believe, with St. Paul, that God “works for good...

June 13, 2016
Attendees at the June 4 "Reason Rally" in Washington, D.C.

On June 4, a few thousand atheists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for an event they dubbed the “Reason Rally.” Due to health reasons, Richard Dawkins could not be there in person to address the audience, but he did send a video message, the transcript of which has been passed around at...

June 8, 2016

My dialogue with Steven was getting intense. Each lunch we’d meet and hash out issue after issue that divide Catholics and Protestants.

Sometimes our talks got heated, and we went away angry at each other. Steven was a smart guy—smarter than I—so I just wanted him to be able to see the truth of Catholicism.

If I could just hit the right argument or response, I knew he’d be able to. I told a Catholic friend about our discussions, and he asked me, “Have you been praying regularly...

June 6, 2016

As many saints have testified, and many Christians affirm, the life of prayer is not a piece of cake. It’s hard work. It requires great effort to keep a prayer routine in the midst our daily activities. It can also be a very humbling experience to be faced with God’s silence in response to our prayer, realizing our requests are sometimes not in accord with his will.

Some choose a life without prayer, because it doesn’t seem reasonable to them to pray in the first place. Questions...

May 31, 2016

There are a couple things I can appreciate about the “Who designed the Designer?” argument.

Although it is rooted in a caricature of the kalam cosmological argument’s first premise ("Whatever begins to exist has a cause"), it is a positive argument for atheism, and it does attempt to deal with the God hypothesis in the only arena where God’s existence may be decisively confirmed or refuted: the arena of philosophy.

The...