From Veith and Carter…
Joe Carter reports on a study that shows that atheists are angry at a God they don't believe exists. Or, rather, their anger at God motivated them not to believe in Him:
To be angry at something you don't believe exists is, of course, illogical. To not believe in God as a way of rejecting Him makes an emotional sense, though that is illogical too.
The expectation that God is and must be benevolent derives from Christianity. Zeus and the other pagan deities were certainly not benevolent. Hindus have the evil creation deity Kali. Muslims, I suspect, do not hold Allah to these high moral standards, since he is above them all.
And yet, as I have complained, so many Christian projections of God leave out the distinctly Christian understanding of God, that He is incarnate and that He is crucified.
I think an apologetic to this emotional atheism–which I suspect underlies much of the rational atheism as well–must center around the God who suffers, the God who dies (phrases some Christians cannot abide, though such language is affirmed against them in the Lutheran confessions). We must emphasize not just a transcendent deity looking down on the suffering of the world, but a God who enters that evil and suffering world and takes it into Himself and bears it for us. That is, Christ on the Cross.