You know what happens when there’s no news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism. Your Curmudgeon goes dumpster-diving. We found a website that calls itself Christian Answers, and describes itself as “a mega-site freely providing biblical answers to contemporary questions.” Among their many team members are Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry) and Living Waters (that’s Ray Comfort).
This is the article that caught our attention: What if the cosmos is all that there is? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Are you a materialist? Materialism (the philosophy) suggests that “physical matter is the only reality, and that everything-including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can all be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.” Or perhaps you prefer the term naturalist. You believe that all can be explained in terms of natural causes and laws. Nothing has moral, spiritual, or supernatural significance.
They quote Carl Sagan:
The cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be.
Then they quote some other materialists, for example:
Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker: “Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a mater watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning.”
We think of Dawkins’ blind watchmaker as we do Adam Smith’s invisible hand, which likewise impresses us with the illusion of design and planning.
After a few of those ghastly materialistic quotes they ask:
What if all this is true? What if the cosmos and the chemicals and the particles really are all that there is, and all that we are?
Frightening prospect, isn’t it? But fear not, because then they give us some quotes from the good guys — including Phillip E. Johnson, founding father of the Discovery Institute. In something called Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds he said:
Eventually materialist philosophy undermines the reliability of the mind itself-and hence even the basis for science. The true foundation of rationality is not found in particles and impersonal laws, but in the mind of the Creator who formed us in His image.
After a few of those heart-warming quotes, they present a challenge:
If you are an atheist, a materialist, a pantheist, or a naturalist, try to answer the following 11 questions:
No, we won’t give you all of those questions — just a few — for example:
3. Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart form God, what ultimate difference would that make?
4. In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?
6. Why does research, discovery, diplomacy, art, music, sacrifice, compassion, feelings of love, or affectionate and caring relationships mean anything if it all ultimately comes to naught anyway?
11. Without a personal Creator-God, how are you anything other than the coincidental, purposeless miscarriage of nature, spinning round and round on a lonely planet in the blackness of space for just a little while before you and all memory of your futile, pointless, meaningless life finally blinks out forever in the endless darkness?
And that’s the end of the article. There’s much to think about here, dear reader — if you have the courage.
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