The Missing Link of Atheism

Atheism is a religion with a doctrinal basis that requires, I believe, more faith than Christianity.  Now let me be careful here because I recognize that as many “denominations” of atheist likely exist as there are Christian denominations.  But just as Christianity has key tenets and rises and falls on the Doctrine of the Trinity, so atheism has key tenets and rises and falls on the Doctrine of the Absence of God.

So what I mean here is that more faith is required to adhere to the Doctrine of the Absence of God than to believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.  But I do not have to demonstrate that much.  In order to unmask the religion called Atheism, I only must demonstrate that faith is required at all, for atheists claim quite boldly that while “God” is a leap of faith, “no God” is the conclusion of scientific knowledge, without faith in anything, except in the Scientific Method, which has been “proven” to be infallible, using the Scientific Method, of course.

Yet the chain of atheistic reasoning and argument is missing a link.  Atheists live with a broken chain, which is a major reason, I think, that there so few true atheists in the world.

Missing Link.  So what is this missing link in the chain of atheism?  I call the missing link the Link of Warrant. What I mean here by “warrant” is something considered as having the force of a guarantee or as being positive assurance of a thing.[1]  The Link of Warrant is the assurance that the atheist is correct.  How does an atheist know that that God is non-existent?

Yes, I know, “Physician, heal thyself.”  “How do you know that God does exist?”  That is fair.  So let us look at the Link of Warrant in the chain of Christianity and thereby view the lack of the Link of Warrant for the atheist?  For the sake of space and time, we will view the Link from only three perspectives: history, design, and information.

History.  Christians can make the historical argument for the existence of God. Throughout recorded history, the Doctrine of the Absence of God has been notably absent. The idea of God, a god, or multiple gods has so massively overwhelmed the thinking of mankind that atheists today must, in reality, assert that virtually all people of all time, including today, have been wrong about the matter while the tiny minority who are atheists are the enlightened ones out of all time who have the truth.  The atheist lacks warrant for such a view, which demonstrates little other than hubris.

Even if we accept for argument the evolutionary view of man’s arrival from the primordial ooze as a rational being, atheists make no meaningful argument why mankind has been essentially unanimous in rejecting the Doctrine of the Absence of God throughout history.  If no god(s) ever actually existed, why would virtually all rational men, en masse, from pole to pole, worship them?

Design.  An entire field of research called Intelligent Design, pioneered by the likes of Michael Behe, Bill Dembske, Stephen Meyer, and others, is populated by researchers who are religious and others who are not.[2]  The Christian argument for warrant for the existence of God is not dependent upon this field, but it can be viewed from the perspective of the reality of design.

Order is the root and core of design, and the atheist, the Absence of God evolutionist, has no reasonable, and certainly no better alternative to design. He invariably tells us that Evolution proceeds in an orderly way and that nature, particularly nature without man, consistently finds equilibrium.  When pressed, he succumbs to descriptions that sound eerily similar to design, only omitting language that suggests a designer and substituting language that leaves the source of the order in nature sounding ambiguous.  Eventually, he must grant that something is guiding the process, something is holding the universe together, something is causing the flora and fauna to become more intricate and advanced over the billions of years claimed for the earth’s existence.

Sometimes he suggests that guidance comes from Evolution or sometimes from the Laws of Physics or sometimes from Nature (whatever that is truly).  Though the Absence of God evolutionist tries his best to convince others that all is random and that there is no reason the world has become what it has become, he inevitably sees sufficient order in nature to have to try to explain it by some ineffable force or an eternal set of laws or anything that does not describe a personal being (or beings).  He, like the theist, is dependent upon something immaterial to explain the order found in the material.

His problem is that if some “thing” or “force” does what a personal God does in providing order, and all he is denying is that it could be a person(s), he lacks warrant and is practicing the same sort of faith assumptions that he condemns in others.  His bias against a personal being of order and design is just that, a personal bias, and not an evidentiary conclusion born of the scientific method he otherwise seeks to practice.

Information (Communication).  Without information, biologically speaking without DNA, no life exists, whether by creation or by evolution.[3]   The fact of information is a quandary that largely is ignored by scientists because information cannot be measured or tested in the same way as pressure and temperature.  Yet information either is eternal or it just appeared or it has been created from nothing.  Whenever life appeared on earth, DNA and therefore, information, was present.

However, the question is much larger because DNA contains more than simple information.  It contains instructions, commands, all of which lead to organization and order where none would otherwise exist.  Instructions and commands mean authority.  DNA exercises authority over life, so authority over life either is eternal, it just appeared, or it was given by a greater eternal authority.

Further, DNA requires a mechanism of communication.  DNA itself does not form a human finger, but DNA communicates the information and instructions that are necessary for the human finger to be formed.  Accounting for information, the exercise of authority, and the exercise of authority from a distance, however small, through communication, all point quite clearly to an eternal personal creator(s) with information and authority who imbued the world with the information and authority to carry on his design.

So the question is, which requires faith?  1) Information that exercises authority over life is eternal and completely impersonal.  2) Information that exercises authority over life just appeared.  3) Information that exercises authority over life flowed from an eternal personal being(s).[4]

The answer is that all possible reasonable answers to this question require faith, just the same.  The answer is unknowable by the scientific method, which excludes by fiat that which is beyond our physical senses.  But by evidentiary reasoning of a kind we accept in courts of law every day, we can evaluate the options.  In so doing, the Christian claims that the third option is most valid, and that if it is valid, the Creator God of the Bible is by far the most likely creator of all we see and of all we know.

Warrant. These three, history, design, and information, combine, along with others not discussed, to form the Link of Warrant for a Christian.  They point clearly and repeatedly to a personal Creator God of whom the Bible gives an apt account.  These three deny the believer of the Doctrine of the Absence of God warrant for his faith.  His chain of faith is missing a link.  Christian faith in an eternal, personal Creator is in line with legal, evidentiary reasoning.  Atheistic faith in the Doctrine of the Absence of God fails to account adequately for history, design, or information/communication.

A matter for another essay, the ultimate question is authority.  The world and life do not exist apart from authority.  The Christian Creator God claims that authority by claiming the creation as His own.  This is the elephant in the room.  All else points to this.[5]

 

[1] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/warrant, Definition 3.

[2] See http://www.intelligentdesign.org/index.php.

[3] http://www.dnaftb.org/40/ See also https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/is-origin-of-life-a-fluke-physics-or-just-not-a-science-question-at-present/?utm_content=buffere0765&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer for a very brief discussion on the matter of information.

[4] An argument could be made that information with authority flowed from another impersonal, eternal thing, but that simply moves us back to option 1.

[5] John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:18

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