The Faithful Atheist

 

I was reading someone elses blog the other day and was in a small debate over evolution and creationism.  Although such debates tend to go in circles, I always get really excited in discussing the existence of God with non-believers.  Why?  Well there is just so much evidence 🙂 !  Before nearly every conversation about God, an atheist will tell me that he/she believes in reason, and not faith… and that reason has led to their lack of belief for God.  At this point, I point out that Atheists are in fact capable of faith, and are already actively faithful human beings!

Many atheists believe in Macro-evolution.  (I myself believe in Micro-evolution which explains variation within species.  For instance, there seems to be many different types of dogs, birds, etc. at different parts of the globe).  Macro-evolution asserts that humans all came from one common single celled ancestor.

Macro and Mirco evolution are parts of the overall theory of evolution.  However, I would contend that the theory of evolution is just as much a religion as science.  The “god” of evolution is mother nature.  She “creates” through natural selection/survival of the fittest.  No one has ever actually seen the “evolution” of species.  For example, the transformation of an ape to a man.  In fact, no undisputable evidence exists for that claim.  You know the picture of the ape that evolves to the man?  None of the organisms in the middle have been proven – they’re just speculation. 

Truth be told, it is a mistake for atheists to cling so desperately to evolution during debate.  According to definition, an atheist is someone who denies the existence of a supreme being or beings.  A supreme being is any type of god, and god is defined as (according to dictionary.com) “a supreme being, the creator and ruler of the universe”.  Therefore, mother nature is the god of the evolution theory as creation of the universe is ascribed to her. 

What does this mean?  Evolution is as much a religion as scientific theory.  It just affirms that atheists are capable of faith in the unknown – and therefore, aren’t atheists at all (more so agnostic). 

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4 Responses

  1. You are right that atheists too have things in which they believe; scientific inquiry, reason, etc. I disagree that this amounts to faith. Faith is believing something that can not be explained, for which no evidence exists.
    Taking evolution for example, we can scientifically see how this has occurred. We do have a record of the path from ape to man, we have found the fossils in Africa and even frozen Neanderthals in the glaciers of Europe. I believe evolution is real because I can see the evidence.

  2. HI Greg,
    thanks for the comment. Could you could please supply me with the sources (links or news release) of the Africa Fossils and Neanderthals?

    The trouble is, many people try to apply the scientific method to God, which of course cannot be done since he exists outside of time and this world (as well as inside). A good analogy is the imaginary number (used in math all the time). We can’t physically see it, but it produces real results to complex problems everyday.

  3. Justin

    I believe that all serious scientists agree that humans beings came to be through evolution. I did some quick searching and found lots of info on human origins at the journal Nature.
    http://www.nature.com/nature/ancestor/index.html This is, of course, one of the foremost peer-reviewed scientific journals.

    You can find a nice overview of Neanderthals here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal and the famous “Iceman” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96tzi_the_Iceman

    The Iceman was not a Neanderthal, my mistake, he was a human living around 5300 years ago.

  4. Hi Greg,
    I would agree, there are many scientists out there who would agree that humans came to be because of evolution. However, many serious philosophers, theologians, and yes, scientists believe that the humans and creation is simply mathematically impossible and delicate to have happened by chance.

    When researching some of your links, I found the following relating to the Toumai skull:

    http://www.reasons.org/resources/connections/2002v4n3-4/index.shtml#toumai_man

    Is it possible that our similarities with nature around us come from a common creator instead of a common ancestor? I think so.

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