What Inspires Your Belief in God?

I have loved nature as far back as I can remember, and for me there really has been no more compelling evidence of an all wise Creator than the wonderfully messy, mindbogglingly orderly, wild, awesome beauty of nature. There is no more sure path to the numinous, holy, pure fear of the Lord, and the beginning of knowledge.

Romans 1:19-20 ESV

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Today's New Reason to Believe

A recent psychological study from Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California confirms that belief in the supernatural occurs more readily in people who experience awe at the wonder of nature. Though many researchers attempt to provide a naturalistic account for these beliefs, the explanation falls short.

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457381095In the late 1990s, skeptic Michael Shermer and sociologist Frank Sulloway surveyed a number of people about their religious belief. When asked why they believe in God, people most cited the design, beauty, perfection, and complexity of nature.1 This result matches my experience as a Christian apologist. As I travel around the world, speaking about the scientific evidence for the Christian faith, people in the audience consistently tell me that the elegant designs in nature inspire their belief in God.

Sense of Awe Inspires Belief

New research by psychologists from Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California…

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