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“God? You believe in God? Hasn’t science demonstrated that there is no God — or at least no evidence for God? Haven’t we learned that everything we see about us and within us can be explained without the need of a Creator?”
Catholics believe that while God can be known through his created works (Romans 1:20), including we who have been specifically made to be mirrors of his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26,27), he has revealed himself most fully in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is “the image of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3). To understand God, therefore — who God is and what his intentions are — we need to look primarily to Scripture and the teaching of the Church.
At a same time, it’s important that we learn to defend our belief in God in ways that will be meaningful to those who don’t share our faith in Scripture or the Church — especially as our society becomes more secular and each of us is bound to have family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors who doubt or outright deny the existence of God.
Catholics need not sink into silence in the face of atheist claims. This is something we can all learn to do. And we need to! As St Peter wrote to the earliest believers: “Set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence” (I Peter 3:15).
A few Good Articles
A few Good Talks
with Patrick Coffin
In this series Catholic Answers Live radio host Patrick Coffin conducts captivating interviews with three of the best in their respective fields when it comes to refuting atheist claims: Dr. William Lane Craig (philosophy), ex-atheist Jennifer Fulwiler (dealing with family members), and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. (modern physics).
by Ken Hensley
by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
A few Good Books
by C.S. Lewis
This book is probably the classic work of its kind in the world. In a beautifully simple and even conversational style, Lewis makes the case for God’s existence and the truth of Christianity. It will also introduce you to one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th century. After this, you’ll want to read everything Lewis wrote.
by Trent Horn
A great place to start learning the reasonable and common sense arguments for God’s existence and also how you might charitably share those arguments with those who do not believe. The book is written in a style that makes it good for skeptics and seekers, too
by Anthony Flew
Here, the most well-known philosophical atheist of the second half of the 20th century tells the story of how he came to believe in God. This is an amazing look into how a brilliant philosopher realized over time that this universe could not be explained in purely physical terms and apart from a Creator.