I Have an Enquiring Mind, I Want to Know
by David Stoecker
I recently had a conversation that was very short with an atheist. He asked why I was a theist, and I told him that after several decades of being agnostic I had realized that it would take me too much faith to be an atheist than it would for me to be a Christian.
He said, "Nobody knows enough to be a theist. Atheism is default. It makes no claim to knowledge, only disbelief."
I could concede that point. If it makes no claim, that is one thing. But that was simply not enough for me. I had a thirst that had to be quenched. I had a lifestyle that I wanted to find a way out of and could not. What was the answer?
I told him that as an agnostic (and here is why the National Enquirer slogan kicked into my head) I wanted to know. I actually felt compelled to know, and that was where we were different. He said that he did not need to know how we got here to be happy. Fair enough, but I did. I needed to know how we got here. Due to that, I had to have an answer to that question, "How are we here?"
When I looked at science, there were multiple leaps of faith. For one, we had to have a Big Bang. We had to have an explosion that created structure and order? That has never been done. I have never seen an explosion build a perfectly functioning house. Therefore I could not believe in an explosion that created a much more complex universe…
Now we have to believe that something caused the Big Bang. What created the mechanism that created the Big Bang? I think they call it the uncaused cause? Even that name was just confusing. Here we have another unknown. It too calls for a lot of faith in something never seen.
The Big Bang also goes against the first law of thermodynamics, which states that you cannot create or destroy matter. Yet to have occurred, the Big Bang created something (the universe) from nothing…
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