New blogalog

Had a guy email me yesterday asking if I’d revive the blogalog idea after the cl disaster.  I’m willing to give it another go.  His name is John Henry, which is kinda neat because I have a dear friend back in Springfield, MO named John Henry.  Small world, eh?

Anyway, here’s his first email.  Mine will go up tomorrow.

Good start, and tough to answer as written. I believe in God because I have always sensed his presence; on a very fundamental level, existence without God doesn’t make any sense to me.

That is not, however, why you should believe. It’s not even necessarily why many other believers believe. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and it looks different in different people, just like love looks different in different couples. Your relationship with God is not my relationship with God; that’s between you and the Holy Spirit. The best I can do is tell you that he’s amazing, and that he loves you, and he wants you to get to know him.

In my experience, it’s pretty pointless to tell someone they “should” believe in God. Every conversion is a different story, a process of being wooed by God, and logical proofs are about as relevant to the central question of faith as they are to the question of whether or not you should be friends with someone. It’s not as simple as deciding, “Hey, I think I’ll start believing in God today,” although there is, in every conversion, a leap of faith – a moment of choice, where you can choose to accept or reject God’s love and existence. It’s about the scariest thing you can face, but I think it’s necessary. Faith and free will couldn’t coexist without it.

In case that’s poor grist for the blogalog, a few questions for you:
-How would you define God?
-What are your reasons for your conviction that God, as defined above, does not exist?
-Does it bother you that others believe in God? If so, why?


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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.