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To: ventanax5
He would demand to know, Russell replied with all the high-pitched fervor of his pedantry, why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable.

In other words, he wanted belief in God to be a foregone conclusion and devoid of any element of faith. Russell was simply a man devoid of faith and, for that, he deserves our pity.

5 posted on 10/28/2007 4:03:21 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: FormerLib
[Russell]would demand to know...why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable.

God made his existence and nature plain in the life, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which are historical facts more irrefutable than most of the vague blather Russell did believe in.

7 posted on 10/28/2007 4:18:24 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: FormerLib
he wanted belief in God to be a foregone conclusion and devoid of any element of faith.

A lot of folks never quite get it. I was always very much a "show me" kind of guy, and I wanted to understand how everything works, and what God was thinking when he did certain things. Then my eyes were opened and I realized that the mind of man cannot hold these things. It's not a matter of reason and understanding. Without the centrality of faith, you can't get anywhere.

8 posted on 10/28/2007 4:21:22 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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