It is a commonplace belief among prominent contemporary atheist thinkers that the universe is strictly materialist, with nothing remotely non-material, or “spiritual,” as has been commonly understood for thousands of years.
But John Lennox, the British mathematician, philosopher of science, and Oxford professor emeritus, detects some interesting trends among the atheists he often debates in public forums.
“I think we’re getting to the state now where serious atheist thinkers are beginning to re-examine the kind of naturalism that reduces everything to physics and chemistry,” Lennox said during a recent discussion with Talk Radio’s Dave Rubin on The Big Conversation.
Check out this excerpt in which Lennox explains and includes examples:
“There seems to be no way to match up sets of logically interrelated mental states with sets of merely causally interrelated brain states, and thus no way to reduce the mental to the physical.” — Philosopher Edward Feser.
Take a moment and ask yourself this simple question: What if there really is no God, does it really make any difference in how you live your daily life or what you think or do in any given situation?
That may strike you as one of those irrelevant questions asked by philosophers and mad men, but what if it’s not? What if, rather than being the most meaningless question, the answer determines if you and the life you are living right now makes a difference or is merely absurd?
Here’s a challenge: Give yourself five minutes to watch and think about this video in which Philosophy Professor William Lane Craig of reasonablefaith.org considers the absurdity of life without God:
Scientists are steadily adding new measures to the already lengthy list of aspects of the universe that illustrate how it is incredibly finely tuned to allow the existence of life on Earth.
Take for example the relationship of the energy of the universe to its mass. If that relationship was off by an incomprehensibly tiny one part in 10 to the 10 to the 123rd, I wouldn’t be here composing this post and you wouldn’t be reading it.
The following video from Philosophy Professor William Lane Craig’s reasonablefaith.org group lays out multiple examples of how incredibly, amazingly fine-tuned our universe is.
The logical inference from the precision and multiplicity of these measures is that the universe isn’t here by chance, it must have an intelligent designer, or, that is, God:
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It may seem like a question with no relevance in the real world, but the issue of the source and nature of concepts and principles like justice influences pretty much all aspects of everybody’s daily lives.
It’s not often that Plato’s forms are discussed in campus discussion forums these days, but then Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org has a way of inspiring spirited conversations on topics of eternal significance.
In the following video, Turek is asked by a student who appears to be deeply interested in philosophy about Plato’s forms and whether they explain the existence of moral laws apart from the existence of God.
You may if you’re susceptible to conspiracy theories, love to get high with the assistance of natural or chemical “friends,” or just can’t be bothered with coming to grips with the central fact of history.
Meet well-known comedian, religion critic, and podcast host Joe Rogan, who, according to The Federalist’s Hans Fienne, has fallen under the spell of a little-known Dead Sea Scroll scholar, John Marco Allegro, who back when real Hippies roamed the Earth authored the book “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross.”
Allegro explained away the resurrection with a theory that said Jesus never really existed but was instead simply the product of a mass hallucination among a bunch of muchroom-loving ancient Sumerians. Somewhere along the way, the early Christians took it all way too literally and the rest is history.
Fienne, a Lutheran minister with a genuine sense of humor and an impressively learned mind, disassembles this conspiracy theory that helpfully illustrates the absurd lengths to which we humans will go to avoid “the man (or woman) in the mirror.” That’s a reference to the book, by the way, not the Michael Jackson recording (the lyrics of which are also worth pondering).
I guarantee you will enjoy reading Fienne’s analysis, and you will probably also come away with a better understanding of the genuine significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Go here.