Everyone Believes Something Unbelievable
by Frank Turek
Virgin birth. Abiogenesis. Resurrection from the dead. Random mutations producing the raw material for new organs. Intelligent creation ex nihilo. Eternal matter. Eternal mind. Heaven. Multiverses. Speciation by unguided, natural selection. Hell. Natural DNA information generation. Adam. Panspermia. Angels. No immaterial soul. Miracles. Space aliens. God. No God.
That is the introduction Roddy Bullock used in his post of the same name: Everyone Believes Something Unbelievable. Bullock points out that everyone’s theory of origin for the universe or life itself requires a belief in something seemingly unbelievable. “Everyone” here includes both atheists and theists. He goes on to cite the faith that some atheists have in abiogenesis. He writes:
Take abiogenesis, for example. There is no evidence–just a lot of “must-have-happened-because-we’re-here” certainty among the atheistic faithful in need of such belief; and believe they do. Ironically, the atheistic faithful like to think they are free of faith and suppose others to be, well, full of it. But in fact faith abounds on all sides with only two things certain: everybody believes something unbelievable and only certain unbelievable beliefs can actually be true. In fact, certain unbelievable beliefs must be true, and others must be false.
So which is true: abiogenesis (life from non-life without intelligent intervention) or some kind of creation by a preexisting intelligent being?
I think answering the origin of life question must come after one attempts to answer the origin of universe question. You can’t have life coming from non-living chemicals without those chemicals first existing. From where did they come? Are chemicals self-existing or is there something outside of chemicals that is self-existing?
This takes us back to the bedrock truth that there must be an uncaused First Cause (there can’t be an infinite regress of causes). That uncaused First Cause is either the universe or something outside the universe…
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