It was not that long ago that atheists were convinced that science would soon expel God from his throne in society. It was certain that modern science would prove God to be an ancient myth as Darwin’s tree of life and fossil evidence would finally prove we owe our existence to randomness, emptiness and meaninglessness.
Because if we were not created for a purpose, our short lives lived then forever doomed to non-existence, then nothing we do has any lasting meaning. However, if we are created with purpose, that means our short lives can affect eternities.
A leading atheist evolutionary biologist named Richard Dawkins once said;
Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.¹
Well has he? Since Darwin predicted an all inclusive tree of life connecting all living things and an earth full of transitional fossils showing the progressive evolution of living organisms, genetics has found the tree of life doesn’t exist, there are no transitional fossils, and the Cambrian Explosion continues to frustrate evolutionist. There is also no evidence at all that a virus can become a insect or a land mammal can become a whale.
Instead, scientists have discovered a vast information networks that governs all living things and Neo-Darwinian theory offers no explanation for this. The complexity of interdependent systems and subsystems within living cells defies any theory that natural random undirected processes could accomplish it.
Science has not removed God from the discussion at all. In fact, it has made a designing intelligence more reasonable today than yesterday. There is no reason in many minds that this intelligence could not be the God of the bible. The only thing standing in the way of many minds to even discuss it, is their ideology. Their world view simply will not allow them to consider that God may exist, because if there is a chance he does, there may have to be some examination of life choices.
I believe that is why so many will go so far afield to explain data that does not fit the naturalistic view. Views like professor Hawking’s statement that
Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.²
or the multiverse theory that tries to explain away the fine tuning of the universe, by saying that if there are infinite universes in infinite dimensions, it is only natural that one would be able to support complex life.
It doesn’t matter that these notions are just that, ideas based on imagination. They are far more palatable for some then the idea of God, despite the evidence.
From the vastness of the universe to the smallest of entities known to science, there are fingerprints of a designer.
- The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design. 1986. p. 6
- Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, 2010