As a Philosophy major at a secular university, I am coming across scores of university students who not only suppose that there is nothing supernatural about the universe, but they are convinced to the very core of their being that that is so. Even more so, most of my classmates are convinced that, following the logical consequences of their worldview, life has no meaning, no value, no purpose, which is indeed true. However, it weighs so heavily on my heart that they have resigned to this meaninglessness and nothingness that their worldview has led them to, and are entirely convinced that there is no other way. It breaks my heart that they would rather keep the hopelessness that living a coherent atheist worldview provides, rather than seek truth above and beyond materialism.
For me, on the other hand, the nihilist, materialist, atheist worldview is absurd, and does not correlate to the reality that each of us truly does seek value and purpose and meaning in our lives. For me, it is clear that to say “there is no God” is folly - but for them, with all of the sincerity of their hearts, to say “there IS a God” is folly. It makes no sense to them. Nothing makes sense to them.
I am a little dumbfounded at this phenomenon and I do not know what to do to cause them to see the absurdity of nihilism and help them see that there really can be hope based on solid truth. I know a lot of arguments for the existence of God, the resurrection of Christ and the coherence of the Christian worldview, but I do not know how to build a bridge from nihilism to the evidence for Christianity.
I’m not sure that I have expressed myself well, but I guess my question is: How can I build that bridge from coherent atheistic nihilism to evidence for Christianity? How can I help guide them toward a search for truth-based hope, when they have already resigned and are totally convinced that there is no such thing? How can I help them not only see that the coherent consequences of atheism lead to nihilism, but that nihilism in itself is absurd?
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