Imagine that one day you woke up to find that you are mistaken about everything you hold dear.
Suppose you woke up one morning and clearly realized that your long-held, day-to-day views of nature, social values, and self were obviously mistaken. Things you once adored you now find disgusting. Things you once hated now command your deepest loyalty. You might start to ask yourself, “Could I really be so wrong about the world after all these years?”
It’s easy to believe that “fanatics” are wildly deceived about the world. But why couldn’t a more mundane, middle-of-the-road view be equally out to lunch? It’s not a question of whether you will have a faith and rationality. The question is which faith and which rationality will you choose to follow? This is the fundamental question, and this is the challenge of the Christian gospel.
From the Book:
"When professing Christians display their hypocrisy, we bristle that they so widely broadcast their alleged commitment to Christ but act as if He were an empty fiction.... But non-Christians can be even more hypocritical. They claim to be very confident that there is no judge, courtroom, or any law, but they spend their whole lives revealing that they know that the judge is really sitting there watching. Even the most blasphemous opponents of the 'alleged' judge still demand to have injustices retributed, still demand that we reason according to the set rules of the court, and still demand that they are innocent of any crimes. They verbally deny the existence of the judge but show that they really do know that the bench is filled. They don’t have the courage of their convictions, because, perhaps, they know those convictions are false." ~From the book