Grand Central Question: Will the Real Humanism
Please Stand Up?
Truthbomb Apologetics &Abdu Murray
As Murray discusses in the previous chapter, under secular humanism humanity’s value and purpose is subjective. At the start of this chapter he points to the beginning of the universe (the beginning of all space, time, and matter) to infer God (a spaceless, timeless, immaterial entity) as its cause. Additionally he points to the fine-tuning of the universe in its initial conditions which allow for life and to the complex specified information that is DNA to infer a designer.
From both of these positions, known as the kalam cosmological argument and the teleological argument, Murray contends that we can infer a God who created humanity for an objective purpose “not based on what we don’t know, but on what we do know. We know, from observations, that information specifically ordered to fit a given set of circumstances arises from intelligence, not from mindless chance” (page 94). He quotes physicist Paul Davies and biochemist Michael Denton to demonstrate the power of this inference:
Davies on the universe: “If the world’s finest minds can unravel only with difficulty the deeper workings of nature, how could it be supposed that those workings are merely a mindless accident, a product of blind chance?” (page 95)
Denton states that the complexity of DNA, “excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man” (page 102).
So what is that objective purpose for which humanity was created? Murray quotes the Westminster shorter Catechism to sum it up: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Our purpose is to be in relationship with the Divine. However, we rebelled; we chose our own way; we decided to be the authority and thus committed moral crimes against a holy God and ruined our purpose. The solution to restore our relationship with our Maker is found in the cross of Christ. And in this act we see the grounding of the value of humanity. Murray writes…