Some people tell me very nonchalantly, “Oh yes, I believe in God.” Quite frankly, I’d rather talk to atheists because at least they will argue with you about God and take seriously the concept of God. Some atheists care more about the question of God than many of those who mouth belief in God. Some who call themselves believers parrot statements like “Well, I think there is a God — you know, the Man Upstairs.” There’s hope for the conversion of an atheist. He is looking for something. He has no meaning, no place to go — no up, no down, no beginning, no end. Some people will tell you: “Well, I believe in God, but I don’t go to church. I don’t even pray very often, because God knows what I’m thinking. He knows what I need.” Those people are “schlepping it,” as we say in New York. Someone who talks like that about God is schlepping his or her way through life—toward a big surprise.
This excerpt comes from Why Do We Believe? (Strengthening Your Faith in Christ).