Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reason in Faith.

I'm a big fan of the Veritas Forum, and recently have been enjoying a series of lectures by Oxford mathematician John Lennox, where he talks about some of his experiences and perspectives as an academic and Christian theist. I'm fascinated by the history of science,(in contrast to recent popular opinion),that many of the first scientists were men of faith. More than that though, that science may have come out of a theistic worldview, and that theism may be more consistent with a scientific worldview, in that it provides a basis for rational thought, both for our own capability for reason as human beings, and for the underlying order and rationality that we observe in the created world. I think it's very interesting that what the first scientists expected to find, an ordered universe that flowed from a rational mind, has been confirmed by centuries of science, and that atheism in contrast, may have the potential to undermine that rationality, as there is no basis for intelligence with an atheistic worldview. I'll leave you with a quote and a link.

"It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms."
— J.B.S. Haldane (Possible Worlds)

I want to submit to you that my major problem with atheism has nothing to do with Christianity or my belief in God. It has to do with the fundamental worldview postulate that undermines the rationality that I need to do science. That is my chief criticism of the new atheism. John Lennox!/v/1038

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