Feeling distant to my dream to study at Edinburgh, my spare time from now on is best spent on listening to the Gifford Lectures on Youtube 😛
Terry Eagleton “The God Debate”: Many sceptics ask the question “What evidence is there for the existence of God?” as if it was “What evidence is there for the existence of Bigfoot?” What do you expect? “Someone spotted Him skipping through the fields”?
And what evidence would you count as evidence for the existence of God? A photograph?
These are two totally different levels of questions, two totally different levels of beliefs. Until you acknowledge that difference, we’re not really talking. The problem with even the most scholarly sceptics is not that they’re wrong in asking the question, but that they don’t know how to ask the question except in this “yetty” way.
Of course, if you said Bigfoot sent his son to die for the human race, and on the third day he rose from the dead, and he has taught us to pray to the Bigfoot in the woods, then we’re talking.
But we are not.
It’s like a child lost in a big shopping mall, or an airport. And you think you can question his evidnece for his belief that his parents are in the building looking for him now. What can I say? Of course the child believes his parents are in the building looking for him now, it’s all he can believe in order to face the chaotic situation he finds himself in! It stands for all the values he knows about himself and his world! In fact he doesn’t know much else except that his parents are in the building looking for him now.
As a sinner lost in a sin-sick, death-driven world, I don’t know what else I can believe.