WACO (September 17, 2012)--Baylor Professor of Philosophy and Humanities C. Stephen Evans, Ph.D. won first prize in the C.S. Lewis Book Prize Competition awarded by the University of St. Thomas and the John Templeton Foundation.
It was awarded for the best book published in the philosophy of religion or philosophical theology written for a general audience in the last five years.
Evans also received a $15,000 cash award.
His book “Natural Signs and the Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments” argues that if there is a God of the kind accepted by Christians, Jews and Muslims, it is likely that a "natural" knowledge of God would be widely available yet "easily resistible."
Evans argues that such a knowledge is made possible by "natural signs," such as our sense of wonder that the universe exists at all, our sense that the universe is meaningful and purposeful, and our sense of moral responsibility, a spokesperson said.
Evans said he wrote his book partly in response to the New Atheists, who hold that belief in God has no rational basis.
“They claim that discredits belief, but in my book, I argue that if we are hard-wired to believe in God it is because God has created us that way: we have a natural impulse to believe… my view is that God doesn’t want to push himself onto those who don’t want to have a relationship with him,” Evans said.
Evans serves as the Society of Christian Philosophers President and president of the Kierkegaard Society of North America.