Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Fool Says: "There is no God"

Father Reynolds posted the 1st Sunday of Advent homily by Father Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, below.  In his homily, Father Cantalamessa takes apart some of the most recent atheist assertions about science and God.  This one jumped out at me:
There are nocturnal birds, such as the owl and the little owl, whose eye is made to see in the dark of night, not in the day. The light of the sun would blind them. These birds know everything and move at ease in the nocturnal world, but know nothing of the daytime world. Let us adopt for the moment the genre of the fable, where the animals speak among themselves. Lets suppose that an eagle makes friends with a family of little owls and speaks to them of the sun: of how it illuminates everything, of how, without it, everything would fall into darkness and cold, of how their nocturnal world itself would not exist without the sun. What would the little owl answer other than: "What you say is nonsense! I've never seen your sun. We move very well and get our food without it; your sun is a useless theory and therefore it doesn't exist."

It is exactly what the atheist scientist does when he says: "God doesn't exist." He judges a world he does not know, applies his laws to an object that is beyond their scope. To see God one must open a different eye, one must venture outside the night. In this connection, still valid is the ancient affirmation of the Psalmist "The fool says: there is no God."
How I wish that everyone had that gift of faith.  Why can't they see?  Why don't they see?

Why does something like this not make the atheist shake his head in awe at the wonder of God's creation?
                                          (photo:  Hubble Space Telescope, via boston.com
                                                
Is it because they have been living in the dark for so long, that they cannot recognize the light?

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