Does Christianity Give the Best Explanation for the Human Experience?
by Patrick Collins
Last Sunday a few RC folk and I attended a debate entitled: “Why Christian Theism Provides the Best Explanation of the Human Experience / Why Atheism Provides the Best Explanation of the Human Experience.”
The debate was an interesting format because both sides were asked to provide a positive case for their position. Both sides did include some jabs at the other person’s position, but overall, it was productive. After 30 minute opening speeches, both sides did Q&A with themselves and the audience, so this was not a typical format debate format.
While I’d like to give a critique of the debate, for now I’d like to put out there how I would approach the topic:
I would define the human experience as what humans either experience in the world or the experience of being a human, a.k.a. consciousness and what goes on with being human.
For consciousness I think it’s a fairly straightforward case that Christianity gives the best explanation. Think about it: we experience the world through consciousness. This includes how we experience morality, guilt, other feelings. Now animals do experience consciousness to some extent, but we don’t know fully how similar it is human experience, so we shouldn’t assume the similarities to animals means anything. Until more is known, it’s actually irrelevant (causation vs. correlation).
The reason why consciousness and a conscience (as in morality) make more sense in Christianity than atheism is that Christianity has a sufficient cause…
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