Atheism Or Christianity – Which Assaults Reason?
Maybe you find your atheism a obtain and settled belief based on reason and science, compared with the superstitious beliefs of religious Christians. Atheists believe their position is consistent with the latest scientific research. How on earth could it ever be an assault on reason?
To probe a little deeper, we need a clearer insight into the character of reason itself. We hear it said ‘It stands to reason’; ‘My atheistic beliefs are based solely on clear-thinking reason and science.’ Reason, in the way I am using the information, refers to thinking processes that follow the principles of logic, clear thinking, and evidence-based research. consequently, reasoned thinking examines and analyses evidence, makes inferences and deductions, and draws conclusions; some provisional or tentative, some more obtain.
So, does reasoning arise from the activity within parts of my brain, where complicate chemical interactions in astronomically numerous nano-circuits produce thinking minds? For a reductionist description that sentence is hard to beat! But perhaps we’re moving in the right direction.
One shared view is that atheism is a reasonable and ‘best-fit’ belief system. In this we find that atheism relies on a materialist view of reason, but which is unable to explain how chemistry or physics could ever be a credible basis for atheism, except the obvious, that if your starting-point philosophy is materialism, you hardly expected to reach any other conclusion than atheism. But has science proved that materialism is all there is? Of course not, it’s an assumption.
Atheistic belief is an attempt to use reason to improvement its own intellectual credibility when it is a faith system that depends on a prior preference for materialism and naturalism. On its own terms, atheism lacks a base sufficient to sustain its own belief system. This is because it denies what it possesses – the ability to find meaningful meaning in an objective reality but in which, on atheistic assumptions, it is unable to explain the validity of the reason it uses to find meaningful meaning.
· KNOW MORE?
consequently atheists know more than their system allows! As earlier articles have explained in more detail, atheism is happy to borrow capital from the Christian origins of meaningful science in a comprehensible and rational universe, while now denying the source of the rationality. And so, the atheist, on the basis of his atheism, can only hope that the rage in his head against religion and murder and lying and rape and pillage is a close-fit form based on his mental electro-chemistry, already if the same sort of chemistry is producing all the things he doesn’t like. And all the while, he is trying to find life and meaning as a whole person made in God’s image with a thorough preference for a meaningful objective reality. The consequence is a divided mind; an agonising and thorough conflict (mental molecules and no validity of reason = meaninglessness, or God and his revealed truth = final answers, life and meaning).
· FINAL BEST FIT
Briefly then consider historic, biblical Christianity. Here is a unified belief system that fits reality at every point you care to test it. To start with it has a high view of our individual persons, our high value, and an adequate base for the validity of our reason. It supports a high view of information and a base from which to interpret information and ultimate issues.
Christianity is grounded in the self-disclosure of the Creator who has made claims for himself, and authenticated his claims by extraordinary events. Christianity has an abundant answer for its own rejection – unbelief, which is thoroughly unwarranted, but goes back to an initial act of rebellion, in which we all now have a part. In the unfolding sequel, when God’s justice called for condemnation, mercy and grace provided a way of genuine reconciliation. consequently the claims of Christ, his atoning death for our moral failure, and his resurrection and ascension, are open to any careful investigation.
· IT HAPPENED
These events are not myths but are central to empirical reality – they happened. Does Christianity come unstuck as it confronts the evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin and the neo-Darwinian beliefs of his successors, or the advances of modern science? By no method; the meaningful science of speciation and adaptation are well-established in science, while the accidental origin of a single cell that Darwin thought was a small piece of protoplasm is now known to be of such incredible complexity, that as time goes by the theory of evolution is being increasingly propped up by immense chasms of wishful thinking.
Biblical Christianity has an answer for why it is all here – for the glory of God. For why there is death and such terrible grief and guilt and disorder in this world – the Genesis ‘Fall’. For the utter uniqueness of our humanity – our special creation in the finite, rational and moral image of God. For a high and embracing cure for our moral failure provided in the Person and finished work of Jesus Christ in his death upon the cross; and his well-attested bodily resurrection. The observe to both Jesus’ death and resurrection is amply given in many Old and New Testament Scriptures, including Jesus’ direct teaching.
· CREDIBLE BASIS
Christian belief never calls for leaps of ‘blind’ faith. Our faith is a calm, confident trust in the words and actions of One who is totally trustworthy. Atheism inescapably uses the Creator’s gift of reason but condemns it to self-contradictory futility. It does this when, in spiritually blind unbelief, it denies the true source of reason and believes electro-chemistry is a sufficient base for the validity of reason.
Electro-chemistry is a totally inadequate base for the origin of personal minds and reason or an objectively meaningful universe. Time to abandon such confused and futile thinking! And high time to put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the final answer; the One who will never let you down! ‘”what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved”‘ (Acts 16:30-31).