I hope you all had a very happy Easter.
I’m sure this question has been answered on this forum before somewhere, but I can’t find it.
Anyway: I am an almost-entirely-converted Catholic, and was thinking recently: how would I explain my change of belief to someone? Having previously expounded the importance of rational thinking, and of the philosophical inevitability of at least agnosticism if not outright atheism, what reasons do I have to persuade others?
Like many, my change in attitude has come as a result of embracing the Lord and the Church (i.e. not entirely rationally). I have read a lot of philosophy/theology, and I believe that you certainly can’t prove that God doesn’t exist. Yet, how far can you go to suggest that he does? And not simply that he does, but the He does?
It seems that one has to make the following ‘leaps’:
- Some sort of supernatural being exists.
- He is the Christian God.
- He is the God, specifically, of the Roman Catholic Church.
For me, the biggest leap is between 1 and 2. After all, since so many conversions are based on personal experience (the ‘You can’t invalidate what I feel’ argument) - and those conversions happen not just to Christianity, but to all the other different religions - who are we to say the Christianity is the True one?
Christians certainly don’t have a monopoly on [asserted] miracles; nor (as far as I can tell) is there any intellectually honest reason to assume that the Bible is True, yet the Koran (for example) is False.
If Buddhists, Muslims and Jews can experience so-called ‘Divine Revelation’ too, what makes ‘us’ Right and ‘them’ Wrong?
I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions.