There is an interesting blog called the Friendly Atheist, which discusses issues from an Atheist perspective. In the western world, where religion is becoming as popular as standing on a plug, this blog has gained a huge following. Therefore, the inevitable question was asked: what would it take for this guy to believe that there was a God.
Obviously, he said that there would have to be some proof. Crucially, he said that he would not accept proof that is simply anecdotes or scenes that are acted out, but he would actually like something to happen right in front of him. Anything else, in reality, was simply someone saying something has happened, and then asking him to believe it.
If we skip over the issue that almost everything that we believe is based upon other people telling us about it, since most of us are not present at any groundbreaking scientific experiments, we see that he is basically asking for a miracle to happen right in front of him. He does not want people saying that their limbs grew back, or that they were seriously walking on water only a few minutes before he came in the room, he wants something to happen right in front of him.
Even then, he said that just because he could not explain something does not mean that it was the work of a divine being. This is perfectly logical thinking, since he believes that science will explain everything, and this is a view that almost everyone takes. Therefore, it is worth noting that there is not anything that would make this man believe in a God, since even if a miracle happened in front of him he would not see it as such.
To be honest, the guy does have a point. He does not believe in God, so the existence of God is clearly not necessary to any of his thinking.
So, lets gather all the Christians together, ask exactly why they have jumped to such strange conclusions, and possibly submit them for psychiatric testing. Their opinions are illogical, their faith is not based on evidence, and they stick out like a sore thumb in the modern world. Any religious person appears to be following superstition, rather than reality.
If Christians opinions are illogical, then they should not be trusted in any part of what they think. If someone came up to you and said that they had a brilliant hat, but was actually wearing a tea cosy, would you accept their recommendations for a new pair of shoes?
As a Christian, however, I would have to vouch for the fact that we are not all insane, and we have not made an completely stupid decision. What we have done was not to not act in logic or reason, but in a simple step of faith. We went to God with our problems and asked for help, and the reality of God was proved to us through our lives being changed.
It may have been illogical to make that step of faith before we had the evidence, but that doesn't mean it didn't work out for us. For Christians, a relationship with God is the evidence that is required, and that only comes if we are willing to accept that God exists in the first place. After all, it is really hard to have a relationship with someone you don't actually believe is there.
So, if the Friendly Atheist is to get the evidence he wants, then he is going to have to take a gamble on faith. It doesn't really happen the other way round.