In a video charmingly titled "Atheist bitchslap", a young woman makes atheist talking points at a discussion about the existence of heaven.
Her points, with my reply:
'If heaven exists, and aborted babies are in heaven, then people who abort babies are doing the babies a favor'.
Her argument is no more rational than the assertion 'suffering exists, and aborted babies don't suffer once they're aborted, so aborting them does them a favor'.
The idiot argument can be applied to any metaphysic, secular or Christian.
Where it fails is revealed by the Principle of Double-Effect, which is a traditional principle of Christian morality. The PDE states that an act that has some bad consequences is ultimately good if and only if it meets all of the following four criteria:
1) The intent is good.
2) The bad is not intended.
3) The good is not a consequence of the bad. That is, the bad is not the means by which the good is accomplished.
4) The magnitude of the good is substantially greater than the magnitude of the bad.
Killing a baby to send him to heaven is an explicit violation of the second and third criteria of the PDE. The baby's death is intended, and the good-- going to heaven-- is a direct consequence of the bad-- killing him.
By ancient Christian morality, aborting a baby, even to send that baby to heaven, is intrinsically evil.
But if the atheist young lady were smart enough to understand the PDE, she wouldn't be an atheist.
"Faith by definition is believing in things without evidence"
No. That is not the definition of faith.
Faith is not credulity. Faith is fidelity. Faith is our decision to act consistently in accordance with the conclusions we draw from incomplete evidence. Faith is not belief in things without evidence. Faith is diligence in following truth as we know it. Fidelity to the belief that atheism is true is no less faith than is fidelity to the belief that Christianity is true. Faith is the decision to weigh the logical, empirical, emotional, and intuitive evidence and to act in accordance with our best understanding of truth.
The truth is that we all lack conclusive evidence, in the sense of empirical proof of ultimate metaphysical reality. We all believe things without conclusive evidence, atheists and scientists no less than theologians. We have no other choice but to rely on an incomplete understanding of the truth. All of us-- atheist and Christian alike, see through a glass darkly.
Faith is the firm decision to follow the evidence where it leads, even though we don't always like where it leads because it thwarts some of our desires.
Fidelity and diligence are what Christians mean by faith. But Christian faith does entail an aspect of faith not present in atheist faith. For Christians the truth is a Person. We have faith in Someone, not just in something.
We love and obey Christ, because we have come to understand Him in our limited way, and we mean to follow Him.
Faith is fidelity to truth, as we understand