“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Ps. 118:8)
From my book The Christian Church in the Last Days
The charge by liberal skeptics that conservative Christians are gullible, credulous, and out-of-sinc with reality because we accept the miraculous accounts in the Bible, in contrast to the current modern social paradigm of cynical skepticism, on the surface seems formidable. The irony in this charge against believing Christians accepting the supernatural in the Bible is that the philosophy of naturalism that forms the basis of this attack upon the miraculous in the Bible is itself under extreme attack. This attack is coming from the entirely secular arena of empirical scientific evidence supporting the existence of intelligent design in our natural world.
Einstein’s equations in 1915 predicting either an expanding or a contracting universe, and the 1929 discovery by Edwin Hubble at the Mount Wilson Observatory of the red-shift in light confirming that our universe is indeed expanding, were the first beginnings of a paradigm shift away from the philosophy of naturalism. This slow moving paradigm shift away from blind random chance and undirected causes as the sole explanations behind our otherwise observably ordered and organized natural world, yet always having the outward appearances of intricate design, is accelerating in speed and momentum.
The Big-Bang explanation for the beginning of the universe (I believe a 13.7 billion-year old universe is consistent with the Genesis creation account according to a flexible interpretation of the word “day” or “days” as used in ordinary, commonplace every-”day” speech), the unaccountably huge amount of information contained within DNA, the previously unimagined complexity we now observe within microscopic living cells, the inexplicable fine-tuning of the laws of physics and chemistry to support complex life, the interrelated and balanced factors in our solar system that make the earth uniquely habitable, and the sheer mathematical improbability of random search strategies to arrange by blind chance the functional components for complex systems of any sort, all argue persuasively for the existence of a brilliantly creative intelligent designer.
Even something as basic as the reality of the symmetry of our human exterior body plan for enhanced locomotion and the asymmetrical plan of our interior organs having no relationship to locomotion, reveals two different design functions intelligently integrated, similar to the intelligently engineered design of a modern automobile having required exterior symmetry for locomotion yet unrequired interior asymmetry “under the hood.”
This intelligent designer of our natural world possesses very similar but eminently superior attributes to ourselves. The recent discoveries in the last three to four decades of empirical scientific evidence for a transcendent intelligence behind the physical workings of our natural world, unhooks the philosophy of naturalism from its dubious and unfounded connection to empirical scientific investigation, which it never deserved. The foundation for a radically skeptical approach to the interpretation of the Bible based upon the philosophy of naturalism has itself been undermined by the recent emergence in the physical sciences of empirical evidence for vast amounts of brilliantly ordered complex information to achieve functional programs, the unmistakable signature of a supernatural intelligent designer of unimaginably creative capacity.
The point of this post is to suggest that Christians today do not have to accept the premise of our modern culture that a supernatural walk of faith following Jesus Christ is not rational because the supernatural is inconsistent with the worldview of philosophical materialism. We do not have to accept the negative pronouncements of radical liberal biblical scholars regarding the factual historicity of the supernatural elements in the lives of faith in the Bible, according to their revised, humanistically biased historical re-constructions. Theological liberalism based upon naturalism is purely philosophical and not at all empirical.