I once read a literary critique by T.S. Elliot of William Shakespeare’s sonnets. It was highly critical. Basically, Elliot said that Shakespeare was a lousy poet. I was reminded of an ant crawling up the leg of an elephant. By what rationale could a literary pipsqueak like Elliot criticize the greatest writer in the history of the English language? He simply was not qualified.
Today I see the same hubris coming from many of the crusading atheists such as Richard Dawkins and his faithless admirers. They claim that we who believe in God have no evidence to support our belief. Well, what is the evidence for their disbelief? There is none that I am aware of. The whole discussion reminds me of the dozens and perhaps hundreds of verses in scripture that proclaim that man’s wisdom is foolishness to God. Or in other words, man’s wisdom is no such thing. Man’s wisdom is actually foolishness.
If there is no God, then either there is no universe, or the universe created itself. And whenever in all human history has anyone, believer or atheist, ever seen anything create itself? Does a tree create itself? A rock? A person? A mathematical formula? A poem or novel? What? Joseph Smith said that there never was a man who didn’t have a father, and there never was a father who was not first a son. Duh. How can there be anything spring into existence out of nothing whatever? It has never happened. It has never been witnessed or observed. And should it happen, it would violate every known law of physics.
Here are two verses from the Book of Alma in which he explains the truth of the matter to Korihor:
And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only. (Alma 30:40)
But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator. (Alma 30:44)
But my personal favorite is this one:
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (1 Corinthians 3:19)
All of mankind’s knowledge is less than a single drop in the vast ocean of our ignorance. Were it not so, we could not continue to progress as rapidly as we do because there would be little left to learn.