So one of the things that I love to do it to take things that people are foolish enough to say and turn them around, examining different meanings that those words could carry. It’s one of the things I really get my kicks from. So I was thinking about how the type of person who quotes the bible often says:
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move” Matthew 17:20
Occasionally that sort of person will also say something to the effect of:
“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” Norman L. Geisler
Along the lines of the old saw that it takes more faith to be an atheist.
Now I’m naturally inclined to reject both of those claims, I think that atheism doesn’t take a particularly large dose of faith (what happens to a person who has no faith?) and I don’t tend to think of faith as being particularly useful to the process of mass scale landscaping. But I had a curious experience when I put these two thoughts together. If we posit that Atheists have more faith, and that that faith has been invested in science and engineering and materialistic investment in the natural world then we can credit the advances in those fields with the faith invested in them. And what we find is that science really can move mountains. So maybe they are right, maybe Jesus was just telling us to all be atheists, and we were too dim to catch it.
Granted, I don’t really think so, but it’s fun to speculate about a way in which these people could be correct rather than incorrect.