How Do They Not Believe…
Michael Novak counts the ways. It seems to me that he misses one category of atheists, or at least that he ought to have teased it out from the six that he lists: those who’ve made science and rationality (more correctly: rationalism) their god. He’s got good advice for believers, though:
Recall that in your own truth there is always some error, and in the errors of your current opponents, some truth. Each believing Jew and Christian has solid religious grounds for being respectful of the truths uttered by others, and humble about the degree of knowledge each of them has so far attained. No one of us “has” the truth. All of us, with very limited minds indeed, are held accountable under its infinite light.
It always gives me a feeling of unreality when others take me as the raving, narrow-minded theist. (Perhaps I’m just the closest thing that they’ve managed to encounter in New England.) But it’s always a mistake, in my view, to feel — much less assert — that one has the Truth. We manage no more than to suspect it, albeit sometimes very strongly.