Atheism and Fatherhood

Foggy River LighthouseThis interesting study in the affect of absent or flawed fathers and the incidence of atheism in the atheist population is another indication to me that people, even rationalists, are often influenced by non-rational, emotional and personal factors in arriving at their worldviews. I explored these things in The Idol of the Mind previously. I certainly do not claim that Christians or theists are less influenced by other than rational factors, but we do not claim to be rationalists. Rational thought is not antithetical to faith in God – far from it; rational thought is, however, not the sum of all things for the Christian. There is a realistic and honest understanding that we are finite beings; that we, perhaps, are incapable of getting our arms and minds around the vastness of the universe and should not presume to think that the wisps of mist that we are in the eons of time can expand to the beginning and end of time and space and prove (or disprove) the existence of a Creator of it all. Of course, we “err” on the side that God exists; while atheists do not believe what they cannot prove. The truth is, however, that many (most?) atheists appear very intent on not wanting to prove that God exits, or even to consider the possibility. I expect there are some honest atheists, but I also suspect they are precious few. I have never encountered any more dogmatic or inflexible a personality than an atheist.

Well Spent Journey

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” 

– Pope John XXIII


I posted the following on Facebook the other day:


Someone responded by suggesting that the lack of a godly father might leave certain individuals searching for a substitute – in the form of government.

This immediately brought to mind previous studies that I’ve read showing a link between fatherlessness and atheism. (Atheism and statism often overlap, but that’s a topic for another day. It’s interesting to note, however, that political liberals are far less likely than political conservatives [55% versus 82%] to accept the statement, “God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.”)

According to a large-scale Swiss study published in 2000, “It is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future attendance…

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