How Consciousness Strikes a Deathblow to Naturalism
by Billy Dyer
“What is man that you take thought of him?” asked the psalmist (Ps. 8:4; 144:3; cf. Job 7:17). Are we simply a blob of tissue formed through a lucky roll of the dice in the universal game of chance? Is there something about mankind that elevates him above the other creatures in our universe? The basic character of man will help us understand our place in the cosmos. A correct understanding of our nature will assist our concept of God and the world we live in.
Darwinian Evolution would argue that man is nothing more than a collection of atoms. Their presupposition is that matter is all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be. Therefore, immaterial entities like souls simply cannot exist. But they have painted themselves into a corner, restricting their ability to define consciousness.
Philosopher David Chalmers laments,
“Conscious experience is at once the most familiar thing in the world and the most mysterious. There is nothing we know about more directly than consciousness, but it is far from clear how to reconcile it with everything else we know. Why does it exist? What does it do? How could it possibly arise from lumpy gray matter?”
In order to restrict man to a purely physical existence the evolutionist equates the mind with the brain…
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