Christian author Eric Metaxas has a new book out all about miracles (“what they are, why they happen, and how they can change your life”).
It’s nothing new, of course. His “miracles” include things like the fine-tuning argument and the improbability of life, which have been countered and rebutted many times over.
But here’s the real question: How does Metaxas respond to atheists who don’t consider any of this proof of God’s existence? Are they too skeptical? Are they just missing evidence that he can provide?
Nope. It’s much worse than that:
“What I say is that people who are skeptics like [Richard] Dawkins — to be as skeptical as he is — I find there’s a real intolerance and a lack of open-mindedness,” Metaxas said. ”If you have to put that much emotion and nastiness into it, it tells me the arguments are not on your side, the evidence is not on your side.”
There you have it. It’s not that we want more proof — or don’t consider improbability automatic evidence of God’s existence. It’s that we’re intolerant, close-minded jerks.
If that’s the sort of reasoning he uses in the book, then there’s nothing in it worth reading.
It’s been said before, but the only thing skeptics are intolerant of is bullshit, and being open-minded is fine as long as it doesn’t involve our brains falling out. Metaxas is using the same old irrational Christian apologetics that we’ve all heard repeatedly. He mistakes “miracles” for things we can’t necessarily recreate in a laboratory yet or things we may not have a natural explanation for yet. “Yet” being the key word.
Everything is a miracle until you finally figure it out. But the only way that happens is by asking questions, performing experiments, and educating yourself.
Nothing about that is intolerant or closed-minded, no matter how Metaxas wants to spin it.