No, they are not “rational thinking minds”. If we were purely rational, then we would be completely sinless. And a rational mind would accept God and Christianity, because Chrisianity is a rational thing to accept.
There is in fact plenty of evidence that God exists. The best evidence is the evidence of Jesus. Read stuff by Peter Kreef to see what I mean. But there is other stuff as well. If you’re up for a quite difficult read, try Keith Ward’s God, Chance and Necessity.
I say the Bible is the Word of God, but with so many competing texts in the world, a rational outsider dismisses it as another work of man, or worse just made up “Jewish myths.”
Forget this argument for non-Christians. This truth can only be known (rationally-speaking) by those who already accept the authority of the Catholic Church.
Did Adam really exist? Scientists say not?
Who does?! What do they think, that two home sapiens appeared spontaneously at the same time?! The theory of Evolution agrees completely with there being a single human starting off the human race.
The faith card doesn’t help with purely rational/natural minds. I have seen the results of my faith in God’s mighty personal workings in my life. So I believe like Thomas. And I enjoy the incredible fruits of faith.
It can be quite difficult to explain these things to non-believers.
What is the evidence *in the natural world *that God is present? That he is participating? Why is He hidden?
Because it would be too easy if He was not hidden, wouldn’t it! There is just enough evidence to be able to determine that God exists. Read Kreeft.
Why should one put to bed rational thinking and pick up Christianity of all religions?
It is sin to “put to bed rational thinking”. You do not have to put to bed rational thinking to become Christian. You only have to be shown that Christianity is rational.
Everything seems random does it not? Some die in tragedies, some live, there doesn’t seem to be a pattern. The natural world seems to be like Richard Dawkins says “running exactly like it would be if God didn’t exist at all.”
On the contrary, I see the natural world to be exactly like I would expect it if God does exist. You need to read up on the Problems of Evil and of Suffering. Try Kreeft or C. S. Lewis.
How would you answer?
I would ask them why the Universe exists in the first place. It is much more rational to believe in a Prime Mover than it is to believe that the Universe came into existence “just because”. Materialism (which is what Dawkins believes in, I think) is utterly incapable of explaining why the Universe exists, and so right from the start theism has the advantage.