My Atheist Stage: How My Dad Shocked Me to My Senses

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“You’re gambling with going to Hell!”

The car tires rolling over the gravel of our driveway sounded like gunshots compared to the explosive silence that had been our drive home from church…

I was in HUGE trouble…

This was the night when I challenged my youth minister about the central premise of the Christian faith…

Earlier in the night, I had shoved another kid in the youth group (I don’t remember why) and Fred, the youth minister, pulled me aside to talk to me about what happened…

All I can recall about my meeting in his office was the escalation of our voices as I dumped a year’s worth of worries, challenges, doubts, and anger all over his office…

It was so bad that they called my dad to take me home…

Of course he was ticked off because he was serving as an usher in the main building (I was a protestant at the time and there was a youth church service and an adult one a different building)

The last thing I wanted was to talk to my dad about this stuff…

What would he know anyway?

Really, if I was being honest with myself, my dad is a pretty sharp guy but his answer surprised me…

He turned off the car and asked me to tell him what happened…

So, I vented and more or less just rambled on and on.

Eventually, he stopped me and said “John, you’re gambling with going to Hell!”

This is not what I expected…

I couldn’t even speak…

So, my dad continued:

You keep questioning whether there is any proof for God’s existence, have you even looked? You speak with such confidence that your “arguments” show that God doesn’t exist– but have you examined your thinking? How do you even know that atheism makes sense?

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He was right

I hadn’t considered the gravity of my turn away from faith in God and towards atheism…

I hadn’t considered whether there were good arguments for God…

Nor had I considered whether atheism even makes sense…

But what he said had shook me to the core and even though a few weeks passed before I took action…

I followed up on my dad’s concerns…

If you’ve been following my series on arguments for God’s existence then you know that there are good arguments and bad arguments for God’s existence… [You can check them out here, here, and here]

But it’s not only believes who have to defend their position, atheists do too…

Which is why Scott and I decided to put together a new master course that exposes the intellectual errors of atheism:

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The purpose of the Atheism Exposed course is to introduce the student to some of the problems commonly associated with atheism

Many people become atheists because they honestly think it’s the more reasonable option to believe. 

They think that to believe in God is foolish or unscientific and so they become atheists because they think that is the rational way to go.

But, what usually gets left out of the discussion are the INTELLECTUAL PROBLEMS WITH ATHEISM.

These problems commonly associated with atheism are not talked about that much outside the circles of academic philosophy. Most people don’t even know about them. 

So we want to bring some balance to the discussion. 

We are going to be putting atheism on the defensive for a change.

The goal of this course is to teach you why some of the most commonly given reasons for being an atheist are actually false (which of course means that many people become atheists for the wrong reasons)

In addition to this course, I’ll also be releasing more free content so that you can turn the tables on the atheist…

Jonathan L. Stute, M.A. MaPhil.


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