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The Majority of This Was Written Before April 2nd

by geary yonker

Sunset Atheist: One who denies the existence of God.
(Capital “G.” Thank you Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1988.)

Atheists are fools. They are not fools because they deny the existence of a capital “G” god, but because they are oblivious to the world that surrounds them. Before you click that “Back” icon, let me assure you that this is not going to be an argument to prove the existence of an omnipotent white-bearded old man seated on a throne who holds your fate in his hands. If that is your image of capital “G” god, then let me assure you that I respect your interpretation. This an argument for there being something more. Something more than we know, more than we can imagine, more than we can comprehend. We have all caught glimpses of it – in a sunset, in the pattern of leaf, in the spiral of our galaxy. Its perfection astounds us. It is the same as the magic found in a lover’s kiss, a baby’s laugh, a mother’s touch, and a friend’s hug. We can feel it. Atheists would argue that all of these phenomena can be explained through science. They are correct, but is not science sublime also? Take for example our solar system.

Centrifugal force created eight planets from materials left over from the creation of a small star (I don’t consider Pluto a planet, but that’s another story for another time). In this celestial centrifuge, the heavier elements formed four small rocky planets in a relatively close orbit of the star. Lighter elements formed four giant gas planets, in a much further orbit from the star. These gas giants would protect the interior planets from the ravages of asteroids and other heavenly debris. After millions of years, on at least one of these interior planets, conditions were eventually optimal for the creation of life. Life: A product of that same celestial centrifuge. I’m not asking, “Why did this happen?” I’m not asking, “Who did this?” I’m just asking you to look at it and see its beauty and perfection.

If you don’t believe the answers to “why”, “who,” and “how” provided by the world’s religions, then fine. All of the world’s religions are works in mythology, existing somewhere between fact and fiction. All are stories of great people and incredible acts. Stories handed down through centuries, filtered through millions of intellects and imaginations. All attempting to interpret things that we cannot explain. If you don’t believe the answers provided for you, then create your own. Create your own mythology but don’t lose that sense of wonder.

The atheists don’t know what they are missing. They seem to have lost that wonder, that spark in humanity that makes us want to believe in something more than we can see. Their interpretations of the unexplainable tend to be cold and unimaginative. As if they could look at a sunset, appreciate the beauty of it, and see the reasons for it happening, but not see where the beauty and the reasons become one. I believe in a reason for all the beauty in the world, not a purpose but a cause. I give it no name or face. Many call it god, with or without a capital “G”.

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