Faith is not an "excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence." In fact, many intelligent people are actually unfamiliar with the power and role of evidence in determining truth. We've assembled short evidential responses to the most common objections of atheists:
It seems that all of us, atheists and theists alike, must acknowledge and account for the presence of evil and suffering in our universe. While both views recognize the existence of evil, only theism offers hope in the midst of the suffering.
All of us look at the evidence in the world around us and do our best to make the most reasonable inference from this evidence. Christianity is no different.We follow the evidence to the most logical conclusion possible.
Skeptics often refuse to consider the possibility of God’s existence on the basis of some perceived flaw in God’s “nature”. God is too judgmental, God is too angry, or God is too “clumsy”. In order to lodge complaints of this type, however, one first has to be privy to the complete history...
Many skeptics find the idea of Hell to be outrageous and repulsive. The notion of a place of eternal punishment where those who reject Jesus will suffer incredible torment seems as ugly as the primitive people who would believe such a thing in the first place.
If God exists at all, then it is reasonable to acknowledge that God has specific identifiable characteristics. The truth about God's identifiable nature will stand in isolation to other views. Some views will be correct, some will not.
Skeptics often doubt the reliability of the Bible, not because it lacks historical foundation or archaeological verification, but because it was written by “sand-strewn men and women who thought the earth was flat”.