Atheism is a Form of Cognitive Dysfunction

A Shot of Faith {To the Head} by Mitch Stokes PhD.


Atheism is a Form of Cognitive Dysfunction

Dr. Stokes includes the section heading above in the closing chapters of this excellent book, not in a provocative sense or to garner cheap attention, but to emphasize the strength of the logical and philosophical arguments in favor of God and Christianity. While the modern Atheists have descended to conclusion that anyone who proclaims a belief in God is suffering from a mental illness at best, and a severe cognitive deficit at worst. Why, they say, one might as well believe in the The Flying Spaghetti Monster just as easily as a deity who created and maintains the world in which we live.

A Shot of Faith is not a casual read. Dr. Stokes writes at a high academic level from three perspectives: rationality, design, and absolute standards. Each theme addresses modern Atheism’s common positions that attempt to disprove God’s existence. The lead argument that he dissects is the position that Christian belief is irrational based upon the lack of evidence. Stokes does a magnificent job of not only outlining the Atheist position, but also in addressing it using the same logic and philosophical tools that they use to arrive at their conclusion. The results are devastating to the foundation of the Atheistic belief system, knocking out the foundations that undergird its fragile construction. 

Stokes’ book may be intended for a wide audience but the concentration and consideration required to work through his epistemic process and to make the information your own. For the reader willing to put in the time and reflection necessary, the knowledge contained in these pages is sufficient to face down any emotional Atheist who chooses to resort to the common memes in challenging their faith in Christ. The thread that weaves through all of the pages is perhaps the most important; we need not be afraid of challenging the bellicose voices that attempt to diminish faith to myth or fairy tale.

I am grateful to Thomas Nelson who provided this book for review.

Psalm 53 There is No God

image The refrain that entitles this post rings out on a daily basis in print, song, and behavior. “There is no God!” “You are the god of your life…” Surrounded by the same cultural meme, the Psalmist wrote

God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (vv 2-3)

The Christian who is enmeshed in the modern Evangelical lifestyle can quickly lose sight of this truth. Going to church, youth group, and maybe small group meetings can lead us to the false impression that everyone is just like us. Well, maybe not the really bad people, but surely most everybody else. What seems so obvious to us must be equally plain to everyone else.

The reality is that most people do not admit to the truth of God.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. (v1)

How much responsibility do you and I bear for this condition? We are certainly not responsible for the events in the Garden but we are culpable for its continuation. Where salvation and grace were meant to empower us in our Christ emulating lives, we have treated them as fire insurance and a covering for our personal failings. Ask yourself with me, does my life mirror Christ’s in such a way that my neighbors can’t help but notice? Is the Holy Ghost such an influence in my life that only a fool would question His existence and work? Don’t raise your hands…hit your knees.


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