The Miracle of Atheism


In my last post, which was well received by everyone, I showed that human thought is system dependent on a non-material foundation, so much so that theism is simply a better grounding for human thought than non-theism.  Non-theism is fundamentally self-contradictory.

Likewise, atheism necessitates a belief in miracles, rendering atheism self-referentially inconsistent on a number of levels.  There are at least three miracles in which all atheists believe.

1)  Atheists believe that you can get something from nothing.  Flying in the face of all physical evidence, atheists must believe that the universe sprang from nothing without cause.  There is very little current debate about whether or not the universe had a beginning.  But the claim that the universe could pop into existence from nothing seems to be the only cosmic hope of atheists.  There’s simply no evidence that this happens in the material world.  And so in choosing to believe in that which is impossible in a simply material world proves that atheists believe in at least this one miracle.

2)  Atheists believe that will can arise from non-will.  This is also miraculous.  There is a significant blind spot in the atheist evolutionary account of human development, which is the anthropomorphism of inanimate matter.  Natural selection weeds out that which is least likely to survive, and the drive to survive and replicate propagates the strong.  However, this “drive” is fundamentally a description of a conscious will, which the atheist uses to describe everything, down to single celled organisms.  The problem is simply that conscious will doesn’t exist in single celled organisms.  Order couldn’t grow out of chaos through the selfishness of genes, because genes don’t have a concept of self.  So the atheist is also committed to a miraculous foundation for design.

3)  Everyone knows that humans are conscious beings, and that minds arise uniquely from brains.  But think about how odd this actually is.  There are all kinds of meat in the world.  Your fingers are made of meat, but they aren’t thinking.  The bologna in my fridge is meat, and it is not thinking.  Consciousness is not at all necessitated by a material world, so much so that atheist philosopher Colin McGinn has thrown his hands up in the air and said that we don’t currently have the cognitive nor scientific capacity to grasp why consciousness exists.  That is simply a atheism of the gaps which acknowledges the miracle of consciousness.

So just as I showed in the last post that human thought rests undeniably on an immaterial, moral foundation, so also atheism rests on a kind of suspended disbelief.  And suspended disbelief by any other name is still faith.  So those who reject the supernatural can do so only on the basis of miracles, and atheism has again proven itself not only implausible, but impossible.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20