JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part VII

The Verdict of Reason In this segment we’ll turn our attention to one of the cornerstones of atheistic thought: Evolution. It is the Holy Grail of anti-God materialists. Evolution remains a sacred article of faith among its initiates – despite the growing evidence against it. As we examine this issue we’ll find that the Emperor has few if any clothes. Lucy’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. THE PROBLEMS WITH EVOLUTION “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:24) Whatever Robert Locke might be he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He does not buy into the literal Creation story promulgated in the Bible. Here then is the beginning of an article he wrote titled: The Scientific Case Against Evolution, which was published in 2001. “I AM NOT A CREATIONIST, and must confess that until recently, I treated people who questioned ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part VI

The Verdict of Reason So far in this series we’ve been unpacking the evidence surrounding the Creation Event and the amazing design of the Cosmos. These first rounds have not been kind to the Materialist cause. A Universe with a beginning builds the argument for an Intelligent Source outside of time and space that somehow caused time and space and energy to come into being. There is the little matter of the fine tuning of the cosmic constants. That life can exist at all seems a miracle. Even in this amazingly vast and expanding universe the odds against it are astronomical. And that’s where we’ll start today – with the issue of ‘Life’ itself. THE PROBLEM OF ‘LIFE’ The Materialist / Atheists have a real problem to solve. They must explain the origin of life. And that often leads to them reasoning against the evidence. Richard Lewontin is a Harvard geneticist who DOES NOT believe in a Grand Designer. He wants us all to be perfectly clear about that. But Dr Lewontin once wrote that ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART V

The Verdict of Reason Now the amazing thing about God is that….well, He’s so amazing! You see, in the previous installments of this series we’ve let science establish the fact that the Universe had a beginning. And if a beginning…..well, then it had a Beginner. But there’s so much more to the argment. God’s purposes are revealed through the magnificent design of creation. We’re going to look at just a little part of this; the cosmic fine tuning, if you will, that makes all of life possible. It’s pretty neat stuff. COSMIC FINE TUNING We’ll start by talking about the existence and fine-tuning of the universal constants. These constants need to be precisely what they are in order to have life exist here or anywhere in the entire cosmos. The degree of inter-related precision is almost unimaginable and flies in the face of all statistical probability. But to begin the discussion of this area we should perhaps consider the thought that according to the laws of relativity and cosmology, ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part IV

The Verdict of Reason We’ve been looking at worldviews: Which one makes the most sense? The Atheistic Materialists have tell us that ‘Science’ has made God irrelevant. That there is no rational basis for a Creator. But as we’ve seen, ‘Science’ has actually made the case for the opposite. As over the decades of the last century or so, the evidence has accumulated for something scientists call the Big Bang, one thing is becoming more and more certain. The Universe had a beginning. ‘Science’ is making the case for the theologians. And the Materialists are forced to contort their theories using increasingly artificial gymnastics. BUILDING THE CASE “My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.” (Isaiah 48:13) (ESV) The Universe had a beginning! And many men of science did not like it. Even the great Einstein was disturbed by the fact. It absolutely changes everything. By destroying the Steady State ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part III

The Verdict of Reason Last time out we looked at Worldviews and Truth; both tools that we need to evaluate are arguments going forward. There are several basic worldviews, or ways of looking at reality. These are Theism, Materialism, Deism and Pantheism. And each of these worlviews – and their subsets, (such as Christianity and Islam being subsets of Theism) – must answer five essential questions: Origin, Identity, Meaning, Morality and Destiny. That’s where Truth comes in. The various worldviews are making claims about the Truth; trying to explain reality. Take Christianity for instance. It claims to interpret the world in a ‘real’ way. While faith may be necessary; it is not a blind faith that is required but one based on ‘the way things are.’ It provides an explanation of ‘how the world works.’ And each of these worldviews – including scientific Materialism – must stand the tests of rationality, coherence and internal consistency. They all must be weighed against the evidence. And ... [More]