In the previous post, I wrote that the goal of Christianity is to know God. God has revealed Himself to us in several ways. The Bible says that God’s own creation is an obvious sign of His existence and even demonstrates His nature. By observing the natural world we can determine that He is supernatural, powerful, intelligent, and personal.
Even atheists like Richard Dawkins admit that the natural world appears to have been designed. In his book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence Reveals a Universe Without Design the Oxford professor wrote,
Biology is the study of things that appear to have been designed for a purpose.
He offers the theory of evolution as an explanation for the apparent design of biological life, and argues that a similar explanation will be found for the apparent design of the universe, because
The objects and phenomena that a physics book describes are simpler than a single cell in the body of its author. The author consists of trillions of those cells, many of them differ from each other, organized with intricate architecture and precision-engineering into a working machine capable of writing a book.
Clearly, Richard Dawkins is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. It is unbelievable to me that someone could study in the biological sciences, become knowledgeable enough to teach at the university level, openly admit that a living being is organized with intricate architecture and precision-engineering, and then infer that life is the purposeless result of unguided forces of nature. As a scientist whose work is based on observation, one would think he would understand that we have never witnessed something come from nothing, life come from non-life, or intelligence come from non-intelligence.
When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing–they believe in anything. ~ G.K. Chesterton
If there are things that appear to have been designed for a purpose they probably were. If these things can be described as intricate architecture it was likely designed by an architect. If these things were apparently designed with precision-engineering it certainly was not formed by blind forces by chance.
When atheists appeal to scientific explanations to disprove the existence of God, they actually undermine their own argument. In a world without a supernatural intelligent agent, such as the God of the Bible, the world could only function according to the blind forces described by Professor Dawkins. Such a world would be deterministic. There could be no real freedom, thought, or reason. Science presupposes that we are capable of thought and rationally explaining what we observe in the natural world, therefore science would not be possible in the world described by Professor Dawkins.
If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents — the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts — i.e., of Materialism or Astronomy — are mere accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset. ~ C.S. Lewis
The fact is, it was the Christian worldview that lead to modern science. Men like Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Sir Francis Bacon, Blaise Pascal, and Sir Isaac Newton were all Christians who believed in the authority of the Bible. They believed a supernatural, powerful, personal, and intelligent Creator who designed the universe to funtion in an orderly manner, and gave them rational minds enabling them to observe and understand His creation. Hugh Ross, a present-day Christian astrophysicist, has compiled an exhaustive list of of fine-tuning instances discovered through science. For these scientifically-minded Christians, science informs their knowledge of God, rather than proves He does not exist.
At this stage, God might be the God of Judaism, Islam, or even a deist God–not necessarily the Christian God. This is another step in a cumulative case for the truth of Christianity. Pay attention to Word of the Cross for more evidence of the Christian worldview.