Friday, June 15, 2012

The Religion of the Skeptic

Skeptic or religious, I am convinced that no matter which path one takes, faith is necessary to sustain the assumptions of either side.

This is obvious with religious people. I would submit that it is obvious in part because they admit faith underlies their presuppositions. But I would submit that skeptics fool themselves with the delusion that they have escaped from faith and miracles.

The religion of the skeptic teaches that the material world is all there is and that it was formed from random, mindless processes. In their world, the earth just so happens to be far enough away from the sun for the oceans to not boil, yet close enough to not freeze. This happened by a lucky accident.

The earth has an iron core, with liquid iron flowing around this core to form a magnetic field that shields life from harmful rays of the sun. This is yet just another fortunate accident.

Thanks to chance, the apparent god of the skeptic, the earth’s axis just so happens to be at the perfect angle to ensure that we get four seasons, otherwise life as we know it would cease.

Thankfully, the plants that evolved on our planet, just so happen to produce oxygen, as opposed to a poisonous gas.

Author Whittaker Chambers, who left communism in the late 1930s, wrote this as he watched his young daughter eating. Chambers began to focus on the young girl’s ear:

The thought passed through my mind: “No, those ears were not created by any chance coming together of atoms in nature (the Communist view). They could have been created only by immense design.” The thought was involuntary and unwanted. I crowded it out of my mind. But I never wholly forgot it or the occasion. I had to crowd it out of my mind. If I had completed it, I should have had to say: Design presupposes God. I did not then know that, at that moment, the finger of God was first laid upon my forehead.

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Anonymous said...

You left out some important bytes: Some skeptics consider all human existence (including their own) to be an accident. In the grand scheme of things (hundreds of billions of galaxies, most not yet known even locationally, a vast universe of life forms, number of atoms in the universe).

The believer can conveniently imagine an anthropomorphic god that is interested in human affairs, not just in a generic way, but one that is interested in the affairs of specific individuals at specific time x space coordinates. The skeptic has no such comfort or recourse.