In his latest rant against all things religious Eddy Deepfield makes a few points that cry out for a response. Firstly he trots out the in-vogue but puerile charge that religious people, and Christians in particular, are dim witted, uneducated and hypnotized by their emotions and upbringing.
To everybody who thinks that this accusation is true I would like to mention a few facts:
Many of the world’s great thinkers, academics and scientists – past as well as present – were/are believers in God and in Jesus Christ. This notion that only uninformed slack-jawed yokels still believe this antiquated myth of Christianity is rooted in absolute ignorance and prejudice. Thinking people must not allow themselves to be fooled by this rhetoric. I think that what sometimes may lay behind accusations like this one is agreeably admitted by atheist Thomas Nagel: “I am talking about something much deeper–namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers”.
Permit me to mention just a few of these believers.
1. Francis Collins is the director of the National Institute of Health in the United Sates, and the former head of the Human Genome Project. He is the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix structure of DNA. He is a Christian.
2. John Lennox is professor of mathematics at Oxford University. He has three doctorates. He is a Christian and has successfully debated Richard Dawkins. He has written a book called “God and Stephen Hawking”; that shows just how Hawking engages in philosophy and NOT science when he makes atheistic claims.
3. Alvin Plantinga is an American analytic philosopher, the emeritus John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the inaugural holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College. Plantinga is a Christian.
4. Dr John Charlton Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS is an English theoretical physicist and writer. He was professor of Mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge from 1968 to 1979, when he resigned his chair to study for the priesthood, becoming an ordained Anglican priest in 1982.
5. Antony Flew was a British philosopher. Belonging to the analytic and evidentialist schools of thought, he was notable for his works on the philosophy of religion.
Flew was a strong advocate of atheism, arguing that one should presuppose atheism until empirical evidence of a God surfaces. Flew died recently having disavowed his atheism and having embraced deism. “I had to go where the evidence leads” he said.
Secondly, EddyDeepfield makes the claim that science has evicted God; Evolution is a proven fact and the Big Bang replaces special Creation.
This is easily debunked.
Evolution has many, many problems. It is far from a proven fact. Respected literature proliferates all over the world attesting this. However, even if (and that is a very big “IF”) Evolution is true in every respect that atheistic scientists want us to believe, it will still NOT disprove God. It may just be the way God made the world. The original language of the Old Testament in no way limits us to a literal six day creation. I happen to believe that the Big Bang was the actual Creation event. Given the infinitesimal precision of the initial conditions of the Big Bang and the unfathomably small margin of error; what makes more sense - to believe that an entire Universe popped into being out of absolutely nothing, uncaused, for no reason or purpose and fine-tuned to unimaginable precision for human life to exist? Or, to believe, that an Intelligent Agent willed it to be so? The sensible and logical answer is clearly the latter alternative!
Consider also the following. Eddy is clearly an avowed believer in atheistic evolution. He must, therefore, believe that time plus matter plus chance have created his brain. Long eons of time and swirling chunks of matter coalesced into absolute perfect harmony, by pure chance, to create us, ultimately. “What is chance? Does it have a body? Does it have any power?” asks Christian thinker Ravi Zacharias. It is really NOTHING, he says. “If I flip a coin nine times and it comes down heads every time, what is the likelihood that it will be heads the tenth time? Still 50/50!”
Now, follow the next bit of thinking from Zacharias: If time plus matter plus chance have created our brains then Truth as an absolute category no longer exists. Because Truth by nature is ABSOLUTE and yet time and matter are changing all the time. Chance (whatever it is) is changing all the time. Time, matter and chance never remain the same. So Truth as an absolute category CANNOT exist. So if Truth does not exist how, then, does the evolutionist know it is TRUE that time plus matter plus chance have created his brain?
Next Eddy makes the ignorant claim that the ultimate defence that Christians have for their faith is their testimony. I would agree that if this was all one had to go on, as evidence for one’s belief, it would seem flimsy indeed. But this just unmasks, I think, the absolute prejudice and wilful ignorance that many unbelievers adopt when attacking the faithful.
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence from archaeology, philosophy, biology, history, literature, physics and virtually every other field of study to make belief in God and Jesus’ deity very reasonable indeed. People like Francis Collins would not be Christians if this was not so. Many atheists, however, will never be caught studying these.
Most, if not all, of the books written by the so called “new atheists” have been answered and debunked by academics. John Lennox wrote “God and Stephen Hawking”, David Aikman wrote “The Delusion of Disbelief”, Ravi Zacharias wrote “The End of Reason”, David Berlinski wrote “The Devil’s Delusion”, Alister McGrath wrote “The Dawkins Delusion” and on and on it goes.
In fact Richard Dawkins is so scared of Christian philosopher and writer Dr. William Lane Craig that he has repeatedly refused to debate him. (Probably because he has seen the 2009 debate between Craig and Christopher Hitchens where Craig trounced Hitchens and frankly made his arguments look rather foolish.)
Yes, Eddy is correct. In many parts of the world Christianity IS in crisis. But this does absolutely nothing to impair the Truth and validity of the Bible or Christianity. The Bible says that many will depart from the faith in the latter times. Conversely many, the world over, are also finding God. The church today in China is 100 000 000 strong and growing; after Mao Tse Tung vowed to rid China of it decades ago. Truth will always surface. Churchill said it well: “The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is”
Eddy makes the statement that it would be silly to become a Scientologist purely because Tom Cruise is one. I agree. Sadly, though, I think many people are turning their backs on God because Richard Dawkins tells them to. They believe him when he says that science has disproved God and they do not realize the danger of believing this lie.
Nobel Laureate Peter Medawar pointed out the danger of this in his book “Advice to a young Scientist”. He said:
“There is no quicker way for a scientist to bring discredit upon himself and upon his profession than roundly to declare – particularly when no declaration of any kind is called for – that science knows, or soon will know, the answers to all questions worth asking, and that questions which do not admit a scientific answer are in some way non-questions or “pseudo-questions” that only simpletons ask and only the gullible profess to answer.”