Riddles for Atheists
by Scott Youngren
When one begins to probe deeper into the materialist / naturalist worldview (which serves as the foundation for atheism, and is defined in my essay titled What It All Boils Down To), one quickly realizes that it is a worldview built upon a foundation of “just so” and “it just is” leaps-of-faith. Below are just a few of the questions that those adhering to the materialist / naturalist worldview can only answer in such a manner. The inadequacy of the materialist / naturalist worldview for providing answers to these questions should give the reader an understanding of why a conscious and intelligent source for the universe (read: God) provides a far better explanation.
1) What are life, consciousness, and conceptual thought? How could they spring forth from undifferentiated matter or, if you prefer, an energy field? Are these properties “emergent,” as some atheists suggest? OK, fine…. but “emergence” is a description of rather than an explanation for the appearance of such phenomena as life, consciousness, and conceptual thought. Please provide an explanation for the emergence of these properties.
2) Why is the universe comprehensible? Albert Einstein wrote: You find it strange that I consider the comprehensibility of the world (to the extent that we are authorized to speak of such a comprehensibility) as a miracle or as an eternal mystery. Well, a priori, one should expect a chaotic world, which cannot be grasped by the mind in any way… the kind of order created by Newton’s theory or gravitation, for example, is wholly different. Even if man proposes the axioms of the theory, the success of such a project presupposes a high degree of ordering of the objective world, and this could not be expected a priori. That is the ‘miracle’ which is constantly reinforced as our knowledge expands.
So, with reference to Einstein’s above quotation, the following riddle for atheists emerges…
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