What if the cosmos is all that there is?
by Daryl E. Witmer
Are you a materialist? Materialism (the philosophy) suggests that "physical matter is the only reality, and that everything-including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can all be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena."
Or perhaps you prefer the term naturalist. You believe that all can be explained in terms of natural causes and laws. Nothing has moral, spiritual, or supernatural significance.
Carl Sagan once said: "The cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be."
Douglas Futuyma in Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution, says:
"Some shrink from the conclusion that the human species was not designed, has no purpose, and is the product of mere mechanical mechanisms—but this seems to be the message of evolution."
Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker:
"Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a mater watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning."`
Francis Crick in The Astonishing Hypothesis:
"The Astonishing Hypothesis is that you—your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules"
What if all this is true? What if the cosmos and the chemicals and the particles really are all that there is, and all that we are?
"If man has been kicked up out of that which is only impersonal by chance , then those things that make him man-hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication-are ultimately unfulfillable and thus meaningless."
—Francis Schaeffer in The God Who Is There
"Eventually materialist philosophy undermines the reliability of the mind itself-and hence even the basis for science. The true foundation of rationality is not found in particles and impersonal laws, but in the mind of the Creator who formed us in His image."
—Phillip E. Johnson,
Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds
"Can man live without God? Of course he can, in a physical sense. Can he live without God in a reasonable way? The answer to that is No!"
—Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God
If you are an atheist, a materialist, a pantheist, or a naturalist, try to answer the following 11 questions…
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