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DH is a cradle Catholic, but is currently experiencing a crisis of faith. He is a very logical, analytical, engineer-type of guy. I figured that if I had help from people who didn’t believe in God at all (or those who struggled a lot), and then converted to Catholicism, I could help my DH.
Okay, so here are my questions:
Did you experience a revelation, miracle, or other supernatural occurrence that gave you faith? If not, how did faith come to you?
Revelation is a term i’d need defined, but other than that, nope.
What were your most logical arguments against the concept of God, and how were they successfully refuted? What are your most logical arguments for the existence of God?
The problem of evil is easily the most powerful argument against God’s existence, not because I find it philosophically compelling, but because it touches all of us and is therefore very wide in its scope of every day application. The most obvious “answer” to it is that God could not have created free willed beings if the possibility was not there that they could reject His presence. This is probably the most widely written about topic and even has its own category called Theodicies. There are thousands and thousands of articles and rebuttals and counter-rebuttals. I just finished reading a very well written book called “Making Sense out of Suffering” by Peter Kreeft on the subject.
My most compelling arguement for His existance is basically “Why is there something rather than nothing?” (often stated by skeptics to be “A theist’s last stand” lol) and let the conversation hash itself out from there but really I think most arguments for His existence have the inherent weakness of being somewhat reductionistic in their nature because they focus on one thing. The case for Gods existence is most powerful when its taken cumulatively. There is only one piece of scientific data that keeps bouncing around in my head that is somewhat useful for situations like this and thats the fact that we are around at the perfect ‘window’ in the history of the universe to actually view the rest of the universe in all its glory. Had we arrived any sooner or later and the conditions wouldnt have been useful to view the far off galaxies, quasars, red shifts, black holes (although technically we’ve never seen one lol). I hope you get what im saying because my talents are definitely not that of a wordsmith. For sure this fact wont convince the skeptic, but it will give him something to chew on.
How do I logically explain miracles? For instance, I say, “Well, let’s take the Red Sea. Strong winds part it all the time (a natural occurrence), the miracle is in the timing. It was at the exact time that Moses commanded the Sea to part, that it did. God does work through natural means to create miracles, and it’s all about the timing!” He seemed to understand, but still doubtful.
Anything rooted heavily in science/logic/mathematics is respected by my DH, and since you can’t scientifically “prove” God’s existence, he’s really struggling. I’m more of a mystic, myself, so when I talk of guardian angels, Satan, and miracles, he kinda thinks I’m childish, I think.
If it is true that you are ‘childish’, you should take it as a compliment.
I have faith that it’s possible to logically argue pro God, I just don’t know how. DH did promise me that he would seek out a spiritual advisor, as this is out of my scope of expertise, but I still want to help.
Just make sure you don’t stress yourself out over trying to proving things to people, even though I realize that is easier said than done seing as he is your husband ( I take it that is the H of DH yes?).
Maybe you could convince him to get on here and post what is bothering him?
Oh, yeah, one thing I started doing immediately was praying, so please know that is already being done. Thank you so very much!!!