Why do you think that’s sad, Jordon, and how do you know it’s a con? No one seems to be more certain of their “faith” than an avowed atheist, which is a repudiation of the experiences and traditions of a large portion of the human race throughout time. It’s interesting that I can understand how an atheist or agnostic might find faith difficult, but an atheist can’t believe why another person might find disbelief difficult. Some of us read the Gospels an find it amazing that one man could exhibit so much wisdom and compassion; we look at the world and see an intricate, beautiful design that we don’t believe is an accident, and we read books such as Case for Christ or Evidence That Demands a Verdict, and we find reasonable evidence for faith. But those thoughts, impressions and conclusions are derided and refuted by those who believe they know truth. As Pilate said, “What is Truth?” The wise person admits that much of life is a mystery and no one has all the answers. “Now we see through a glass darkly,” as Paul said. When I asked my husband what single thing he would mention that pointed to the reason for his faith, he said “Reading the Gospel of John.” He found through that gospel a reasonable, positive and affirmative way to live. I’m sorry to be so long-winded and i know my words won’t make a dent in your opinions. But rather than discount faith, allow that many people cope with the mystery of life in different ways, and some people have had experiences that truly have led them to become believers.