If asked what is the opposite of faith, most people will respond,“Disbelief” or “skepticism” or even “atheism”. But Pope Francis explains that what really opposes faith, in the end, is idolatry. We either seek God or we seek, knowingly or otherwise, to replace God with false gods. History certainly bears this out, as do our own struggles with temptation and sin. Idolatry, the pope explains, “is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another.”But faith “consists in the willingness to let ourselves be constantly transformed and renewed by God’s call. Herein lies the paradox: by constantly turning towards the Lord, we discover a sure path which liberates us from the dissolution imposed upon us by idols.”
There is no such thing as an atheist. There are just people who have chosen to worship some creature who is no God. Evangelical atheists are just people who make excessive noise about the fact that they dislike the God of Abraham. But they all worship something since humans are creatures no more able to refuse to worship than they are able to refuse to seek their happiness. And indeed, the search for the latter is usually profoundly bound up with the offering of the former.