Sunday, March 4, 2012

God Evidence

I recently heard a talk given by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., co-founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith. He spoke about recent developments in theoretical physics that "proved" the need for a creator, giving us "evidence" for the existence of god. It is clear that many Christians are passionate about these kinds of efforts. Let me be equally clear in saying that these efforts are foolish.

What exactly are these Christians trying to prove? As another attendee of the talk noted, his "evidence" fits Deism just as much, if not more than Christianity.

Who are these Christians trying to convince: others or themselves? Such "evidence" may help those who are overly doubtful or being overly challenged to hold on to a tenuous set of beliefs, but will it convince them to fully embrace the leap of faith when that leap involves great sacrifice? Did Jesus do a research project before picking up the cross, or was he motivated by something else?

"Why do you babble so much about me? So much time and energy, for what purpose? What more is there to understand about us than love? You think too much and feel too little. You talk too much and love too little."

We can keep trying to "prove" the obvious to the blind or we can just start loving our siblings a bit more than has made us comfortable so far. It's time to make a choice.