Pity the Poor Atheist Who Depends on Science

Pity the poor atheist who depends on science to justify his disbelief. It must seem like a faithless spouse who steals away to spend time with a former lover. Although science has declared its marriage to atheism (or agnosticism, if you prefer), at every turn it harkens back to Genesis 1.

Surely at the beginning of the last century the romance was still fresh and exciting. Darwinism was winning over even the theologians. Astronomy was looking deep into the night sky. Geology was speaking of millions of years rather than thousands. The universe was eternal and unchanging, and fewer and fewer people paid attention to the creation myth.

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And the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

The other day, I watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for perhaps the fifth time. The movie is very intriguing for a history buff like me because of its semi-realistic portrayal (it is, after all, still Hollywood) of life aboard these ancient warships. What audacity those early explorers had to sail their ships over the horizon into the unknown. Continue reading

Nature and Super-Nature: Part 2

“Look, there are 1080 elementary particles in the universe. Do you realize how big God would have to be to keep track of every one of them?” I heard that question long ago from someone of significance (Carl Sagan, perhaps?) before I started keeping track of such things. Who asked it isn’t important because the question itself reflects a common feeling that an omniscient God would have to be impossibly large in order to keep track of the entire universe. Now for a Christian that has never been a problem. We are used to thinking in terms of a God who is infinite. While we marvel at the size of the universe like anyone else, we know the Creator must be larger than his creation. However large the universe is, it is finite. Our minds are accustomed to the infinite.

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The Remarkable 20th Century

Something unexpected happened in the twentieth century, something all the more remarkable because it seems to have escaped everyone’s notice. At the opening of the twentieth century, the rise of Darwinism was pushing hard against religious thought and advances in geology had indicated an age for our planet far beyond traditional biblical interpretations. There was every reason to expect that the progress of science would continue to erode the central role of religious belief in people’s lives. Who could have expected that by the close of the twentieth century science would offer an explanation of how everything in the Bible could still be true?

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Miracles, rocks and corn muffins

As a believer I am not the least intimidated by science, in large part because I recognize that the vague term science consists of two components – facts and opinion. Now science is very good at describing, measuring and predicting what it observes (facts). It is not always as good at telling us what it all means (opinions). An honest scientist will agree that science can neither prove nor disprove that God exists. The only legitimate question that can be asked of science is, within the realm of facts discovered is there still room for the God of the Bible to exist? The answer is always emphatically yes.

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Michael Shermer’s Backup Plan

Dr. Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and has authored a numerous books and articles promoting an atheistic worldview. He is certainly one of this country’s most public and vocal skeptics. In one of his frequent public appearances he debated the existence of God with Father Jonathan Morris. The content of the debate was rather ordinary except for when Shermer responded to a question from the audience. “What if you’re wrong?” someone asked. Shermer’s face lit up and he became quite animated as he declared, “I’ve thought about this. I have little speech prepared.”

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Why should I believe …? Part Two

Instead of asking, Why should I believe in a God for whom no evidence exists?, ask yourself this: What evidence would be sufficient to make me believe? Be honest now. What would it take in the form of evidence for you to accept that God is God? What would it take for you to believe enough to bow you knee and humble yourself before your creator? That’s the real issue, isn’t it? God does not seek mere acknowledgment of his existence. His desire is for faith.

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