The topic for today’s conversation arises out of Psalm 14:1, which states that “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” This topic is the folly of atheism, and it is a topic that hits close to home for the guys. Ray, for one, comes across as a man obsessed with atheists. As he pointedly explains, this is because atheism is the epitome of stupidity. It is disingenuous and insane, even as it has taken on a cloak of respectability. Oscar also has a unique connection to atheism, as he is the resident former atheist in the group! He shares about his story, emphasizing what finally made things click for him: the work of the Spirit and the fervent prayers of his grandmother. He already knew the points of the gospel well before his conversion, so he didn’t gain any new knowledge; rather, God opened his eyes outside of his own power! Oscar’s conversion and the growth he has experienced since offer hope for listeners, offering a clear demonstration of the fact that God can and does redeem atheists, and of the fact that our prayers have an impact!
Turning to some arguments atheists often use to try to defend their view, the guys first discuss the idea that religion causes wars. This idea fails as a defense because of several points: institutional atheism has led to even worse wartime outcomes than religion, wars are contrary to Christianity, atheism leaves no ground for moral indignation over war, and atheists often contradict their anti-violence views by supporting abortion. Shifting to the reality of suffering in the world, which atheists draw on as another defense of their position, the guys consider the theological question and personal dilemma the defense involves, note that Christianity is the only way we can validate our suffering, and meditate on the significance of Jesus’ own suffering in the place of sinners. There are many ways to apply reason and logic when engaging with atheists about their views, but at the end of the day, atheists need to see that the truth, beauty, and goodness we all want can only be found in Christ. They need to have their eyes opened to see God as beautiful and glorious, and they need their hearts transformed to treasure Him.