It’s mere exaggeration, not hyperbole, to note that, these days, one can measure in hours the time lag between affirmations of Darwinism by public figures. Especially distressing is watching Christ followers line up at the “of course evolution is true” booth. Why do so many Christians feel the need to accommodate the doctrine of spontaneous generation, like a used-car salesman afraid to disagree with an obnoxious customer for fear of losing the sale?
Happily, we have some compelling exceptions. Consider, for example, a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal by Eric Metaxas. He tackles evolutionism on the fundamental level—the origin of the universe—demonstrating with potency and style that as discoveries continue to develop, science makes the case for God.
Every Christian needs to digest Metaxas’s article. We are happy to point our readers to it here.
– Gary Brumbelow
“Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God”
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.
With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researches have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.
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Clark E. DhlJanuary 8, 2015 - 8:26 pm
First of all I am an optimist. Therefore, I believe in the God of the Bible. Secondly, I do not have enough faith to not believe as I do. All other possibilities require more faith than I am capable of. If I did not believe in God, I would be materialist monist. Briefly that means all that there is is matter and the physical laws. Everything could be reduced to matter and the laws that govern matter. This would include all mental ideas, thoughts and emotions. Given enough time all thoughts and emotions could be explained by physical laws acting on matter. All intangibles would be explained leaving us with nothing but tangibles. But as I already said, I am an optimist and not a dreary pessimist.
adminJanuary 9, 2015 - 3:42 pm
Nancy Pearcey’s powerful book, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, is a great resource for this whole topic.
Thanks for reading and responding.