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12/27/13 at 05:10 PM 16 Comments

The Testimony of Atheist: "Life is not Rational"

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Photo: Flickr/Marcus Böckmann - Creative Commons
Slogan that promoted atheism. (Arnade's view of militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins changed while being a photographer.)

Photographer Chris Arnade has a fascinating story to tell. As an atheist his rationality was challenged by prostitutes and drug addicts.

Arnade has photographed drug addicts in South Bronx, New York for a project titled Faces of Addiction. (More information is available on his Flickr profile page.)

Before becoming a photography Arnade worked for a Wall Street firm. Now he writes for The Guardian and Tumblr.

Arnade encountered a woman in the Bronx named Egypt and discovered that she is a person of faith.

I asked her, has a man in your life ever treated you right, ever not beat or raped you? She looked down at her sandwich, her face blank. “Yes. One has. God.”

While observing the faith of addicts living in abandoned buildings, Arnade's thinking changed:

In these last three years, out from behind my computers, I have been reminded that life is not rational and that everyone makes mistakes. Or, in Biblical terms, we are all sinners.

Arnade concluded that atheism is "an intellectual belief most accessible to those who have done well."

While the prostitutes are easily looked down upon, perhaps God has a special job for them:

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." - 1 Corinthians 1:27

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