Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that the atoms inside my skull happen for physical and chemical reasons to arrange themselves in a certain way; this gives me a bye-product, the sensation that I call thought. But if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk-jug and hoping the way the splash arranges itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to atheism, and therefore I have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I can’t believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.
- C. S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity
Well, so what do you think? (Or do you? Or can you?)
For myself, I had to chuckle. This attempt is quite ingenious. Yet somehow it lacks cogency. I suggest this is because it's so very Western!
Yes, Western. It’s an abstract argument. It assumes that religion is a matter of thought, of manipulating concepts.
For Orthodox Christians, “the case for Christianity” begins, ends, and is our encountering Christ, the Crucified, as the Living One. Period. Nothing short of that seems very convincing.