This 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.