"Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and Thy wisdom infinite. And Thee would man praise; man, but a particle of Thy creation; man, that bears about him his mortality, the witness of his sin…Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee."
Thus begins Saint Augustines’ Confessions, and these lines are among the most well-known ever written. I came returned to them after reflecting a bit on Mrs Jennifer Fulwiler’s discussion of Catholic misconceptions about atheists. Specifically, she notes that few if any atheists feel that they are “missing something” in their lives, and that few recognize the “God-shaped hole” in their hearts. Most atheists I’ve known, including those who are among my friends, would concur with this analysis, given that they reject the existence of said holes in their hearts. For her part, Mrs Fulwiler states that she only recognized that she was missing something after she had found it.
Indeed, if atheists recognized en masse that they were “missing something,” I suspect that a fair number of them would cease to be atheists. This is certainly true for those who pride themselves for their intellectual honesty, for going wherever the evidence leads. While it is true that a few see the evidence and yet refuse to accept it—eventual converts Mortimer J Adler and Alexis Carroll spring immediately to mind—many is the atheist who simply does not see the “God shaped hole” in his own heart.
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