Atheism or God? You are the Detective! My Chart to Use with Family and Friends

by Steve Ray on April 11, 2015

Atheism is growing in America and around the world. But is there a good reason for its popularity? Do they know something we don’t know — or do they just not want some supreme being or a “God” to tell them what to do and not to do?

Is it reasonable to be an atheist? Which takes more faith: atheism or theism (belief in a God)?

I gave a talk a while ago called “Atheism: What You and Your Kids Need to Know.” We will eventually have this talk for sale on our site. The talk was fun and hard-hitting. In a simple way I helped the audience understand the reasons and implications for atheism and theism. 

OK, you are the detective and you have clues. There are very few possible options so it is really quite easy. My 3-page chart below helps you work through the clues. I used this chart in my talk to help people look at the clues and decide for themselves. Hope you find it helpful.  (To have this talk at your parish or conference, visit

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Mike De Fleuriot February 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Before any scripture is offered, the first question has to be answered, and so far it has never been answered. This question is “Is it possible for a god to exist?” If the answer is yes, then the person making that answer has to then show evidence that it is possible for a god to exist. They have to describe and define the god, providing reasoning for this description and then point out such a god as defined for examination. No theist in the history of religion has yet managed to do this and this is why there are atheists in the world.

Your holy books are the claim and not the proof. You need to realize this because it is the truth. Just like you hold other religions to this standard, your religion also has to pass this test.

STEVE RAY HERE: funny thing is from this argument around and you have to ask your self can you prove there is no God. And if you cannot prove there is no God, which you certainly cannot do, then the other possibility is an option.

Evidence Certainly is on our side. If you see a painting a wall you assume someone painted it. If you look at creation you have to ask the question why does anything exist and why does this exist. It presumes it was created.

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