SCHAEFFER SUNDAY The Miracle of Morality ATHEISM’S (OTHER) ACHILLES HEEL By: Eric Metaxas|Published: February 2, 2015

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When I think of morality it always makes me remember Francis Schaeffer and C.Everett Koop and their film series WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? EPISODE 4  “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY.” Here it is below followed by an excellent article by Eric Metaxas.

Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

 

 

Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

ATHEISM’S (OTHER) ACHILLES HEEL

Can you be good if you don’t believe in God? For the simple and uncontroversial answer, stay tuned to BreakPoint.

Eric Metaxas

Last month I raised a lot of hackles by writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing what should be obvious by now: science increasingly makes the case for God’s existence. Whether we’re talking about the finely-tuned constants of our universe, or the simple logic that dictates the cosmos had a beginning and therefore a cause, all of the signposts are pointing in one direction: up.

Of course, that didn’t stop the objections from pouring in. Bloggers and academics from all over made arguments against my piece ranging from the scientific, to the philosophical, to the downright personal. But writers far more credentialed than I in the scientific community have done a fine job refuting these objections. I’ll link you to the best of their articles at BreakPoint.org.

For now, let’s just say I’ve discovered firsthand how controversial it is to mention “science” and “God” in the same paragraph in a major American newspaper. But if you think writing what I did in the Wall Street Journal was brave, I’d like to introduce you to Pastor Rick Henderson. Last month this courageous soul dared to write a piece in the Huffington Post entitled: “Why There Is No Such Thing as a Good Atheist.” I hope he ducked.

Henderson preempted the predictable reactions by throwing down yet another gauntlet: “For those of you who are eager to pierce me with your wit and crush my pre-modern mind,” he writes, “allow me to issue a challenge. I contend that any response you make will only prove my case.”

And prove his case they did. The comment section and subsequent op-eds were a rerun of billboards that appeared around the U.K. a few years ago: there are, in fact, well-behaved atheists.

No argument there, either from Henderson or any other sensible Christian. But as apologist William Lane Craig has reminded atheists time and again, the real question isn’t “can you be good without believing in God?” but “can you be good without God?”

And as Henderson shows, the answer to that is a resounding “no.”

The fundamental tenets of atheism, he explains, make it impossible to believe in objective good or evil. If the universe arose randomly and is purely material, governed by discernible laws, both impersonal and unconscious, then universal morality is, “At best…the mass delusion shared by humanity, protecting us from the cold sting of despair.”

It’s the same argument C. S. Lewis made years ago in Mere Christianity when he wrote that his former atheism was “too simple.”  In order to object to God on the basis of how cruel and unjust the world is, Lewis realized he had to assume cruelty and injustice are wrong. But nothing in the material world provides a basis for that assumption. Only God can. Thus, Lewis reasoned, even atheists know more than they’re letting on.

If his argument sounds familiar, it’s because it’s not very new. Just open your Bible to Romans chapters 1 and 2 to see how the Apostle Paul used almost the same words to stop the mouths of unbelievers in his day.

But here’s why these arguments are still relevant and worth our time (and a few knocks from critics) to publish them: If Paul was right, even the most dedicated atheist looks at the stars, feels the prick of conscience, and knows there is a God. He may deny it. But the slightest sound—the whispers of intelligent design in the universe and in our consciences—will spook him.

So, please do come to BreakPoint.org for more on science, morality, and the existence of God.

FURTHER READING AND INFORMATION

The Miracle of Morality: Atheism’s (Other) Achilles Heel
Check out the links below for more in-depth study and information on science, morality, and the existence of God.

RESOURCES

Why There Is No Such Thing as a Good Atheist
Pastor Rick Henderson | Huffington Post | February 17, 2014

The Kalam Cosmological Argument
William Lane Craig | Youtube video | September 1, 2013

The Moral Argument
William Lane Craig | Youtube video | January 21, 2015

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
Eric Metaxas | Wall Street Journal | December 25, 2014

Still Taking Aim at Eric Metaxas, the Media Underestimate the Degree to which Physicists See Evidence for Intelligent Design
Casey Luskin | Evolutionnews.org | January 13, 2015

The Cosmic Fine-Tuning Argument for Intelligent Design, Now with “No More Tears” Formula
David Klinghoffer | evolutionnews.org | January 14, 2015

You Go, Eric Metaxas! Measuring the Improbability of Intelligent Life Elsewhere in the Cosmos
Daniel Bakkan | evolutionnews.org | January 13, 2015

A Christmas Gift that Keeps Giving: Lawrence Krauss on Eric Metaxas on Science, on God
David Klinghoffer | evolutionnews.org | January 8, 2015

COMMENTS:

The response of a former atheist

Mr. Metaxas,

First of all, when I read the description of today’s commentary, and listened to the first few paragraphs, I thought you were going in a different direction. Accordingly, I was thinking how I would answer your question, anticipating how I thought you were going to answer it: “Well, it depends on what you mean by ‘good’. If you mean well-behaved by man’s standards, …” At this point, you acknowledged the existence of well-behaved atheists, so I thought we were on the same page. I continued, “… that is, people who don’t commit violent crimes like murder, rape, mugging, etc., and perhaps even do some good deeds like donating to charities that assist the needy, and helping little old ladies cross the street. But by God’s standard, none of us is good. There are neither good atheists nor good Christians, for we are all sinners.” But, of course, that’s not what you were leading up to. Okay.

Now that that is out of the way, let me give the response I would have given (I think) when I was an atheist, before I was born again: “If we atheists are right, we are as we are because we evolved that way. And we evolved that way because it is conducive to survival. Our concept of good comes from the way our brains are wired, and that’s the way they evolved. So there is no mystery to why we think altruism is good, and violent crime is bad, therefore no need to explain those preferences by inventing an imaginary god who created us and gave us those preferences. Only ignorant people who don’t understand how evolution works feel the need to do that.”

Your turn.

P.S. Why I spelled ‘god’ with a small g: The word ‘God’ with a capital G is used only to refer to the one true God. That God is not imaginary, so I would be blaspheming Him if I put that word after the word ‘imaginary’.

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