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Believing What You See   Leave a comment

Even atheist scientists admit the world appears to be designed.

Yeah, really, they do.

Richard Dawkins stated in “The God Delusion” that “Living things are not designed, but Darwinian natural selection licenses a version of the design stance for them. We get a short cut to understanding the heart if we assume that it is designed to pump blood.” (2006, p. 182). While denying that the heart is designed by any intelligence, he admits it’s easier to understand it if we assume it was.

Jerry Coyne wrote in Why Evolution is True (2009), “if anything is true about nature, it is that plants and animals seem intricately and almost perfectly designed for living their lives … Nature resembles a well-oiled machine, with every species an intricate cog or gear.” (p. 1). On Page 3, he wrote “The more one learns about plans and animals, the more one marvels at how well their designs fit their way of life.” Michael Shermer in Why Darwin Matters (2006) wrote “The design inference comes naturally. The reason people think that a Designer created the world is that it looks designed” (p. 65). Dawkins wrote in The Greatest Show on Earth (2009) that “So compelling is that illusion (of design) that it has fooled our greatest minds for centuries, until Charles Darwin burst onto the scenes.” (p. 416).

Rick says he always stood in awe of the human body and its apparent design. “Think about ball-and-socket joints in the hips and shoulders, the S curve of the spine that allows us to walk upright.” It’s one reason he never claimed to be an atheist. He could never completely deny that the human body he knows so well as a scientist really looks like it was designed … design would require a designer.

Faith is Not Mental Illness   6 comments

I reblogged a post by a gentleman who made a very broad statement — that all religion without exception is a form of mental illness. He then pointed to history to support his claim and announced “It’s the 21st century.”

It is the 21st century, indeed. And we think we’re very wise and intelligent and we’ve unlocked the mysteries of the universe. Or have we?

It’s superstition to believe something with no evidence, but as a Christian, I see lots of evidence for my faith and feel that faith is a reasonable response to that evidence.

Science is very good at describing how the world works, but ultimately, it cannot explain why the world works or even why it exists. Why is there matter? We know that at some point in history, there wasn’t matter. That’s the Big Bang theory in a nutshell. “Point of singularity” rhetoric to the contrary, cosmologists postulate that there was no time and no matter before the Big Bang — or at least no time or matter as we understand time and matter. So, why did it come into being? Not how. We more or less know how — incredible energy, burning heat, bright light. The Big Bang left evidence of itself in the cosmos. How is covered. But why did it happen?

I’m not a highly trained scientist, but I’m a relatively intelligent and reasonable person who knows a couple of highly trained scientists who are Christians. I also know a bit about singularities. A black hole is a singularity. Matter, light, everything near a black hole collapses into the black hole. It doesn’t suddenly burst out into bright light and intense heat. So why did that long ago singularity do that?

Reasonably speaking, it couldn’t have. That would defy the laws of the universe as we know it. So, something unnatural happened — possibly something supernatural.  The evidence points in that direction unless you are opposed to considering that direction.

Whatever caused the singularity containing a universe to reverse the course of its nature and start expanding had to have come from outside of that singularity. Whatever it was existed outside of time and space because neither of those existed prior to the Big Bang. Those are just basic scientific observations. Using my intelligence, however, I can also wonder a bit. Whatever it was chose to reverse the course of the singularity, suggesting intelligence and will. Looking at the structure of the universe — which is really quite orderly — I must wonder if this creation force was also aware, organized and able to think ahead.

Hmmm, well, now, reasonably speaking, that sounds like a description of the God of the Bible — outside of space and time, creative, intelligent and personal. No, it doesn’t prove God exists, but the evidence of the Big Bang definitely makes me think that God is a reasonable theory and certainly more reasonable than nature just reversed its course and exploded outward into the relative regularity that we see today.

Faith is responding to evidence that others may reject, but that you see every where around you once your eyes have been opened to it.

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