Thoughts on Apologetics 2

Finally, when atheists and skeptics assert that scientific investigation cannot include any mention or reference to the supernatural…they are not saying anything new, insightful, or profound.

The modern Scientific Revolution started about 450 years ago…generally credited to Francis Bacon…with the express goal to dispel and refute the errors of folklore, superstition, old-wives tales, and witchcraft…using an entirely new and novel concept of obtaining empirical facts about the natural world through observation…and the testing of hypotheses through repeatable experimentation.

The unimaginable and unexpected irony in the twenty-first century is that modern science has not only scrubbed away unsubstantiated folklore and superstition…but it has also scrubbed away Scientism…the crown jewel of the atheistic philosophies of naturalism and materialism.

The current Age of Information has added information as a third fundamental property in nature alongside matter and energy…thus raising the question of where did complex, highly specified, and coherently integrated programs of information come from.

The pursuit of answers to this question have basically eliminated as a plausible consideration the gradualism of successive, incremental, trial-and-error, unguided, random chance search strategies as an explanation to produce complex functional systems…in the non-living and living natural world.

By discovering in recent decades the massive amounts of coherently integrated systems of information in every area of the natural world…science has come full-circle in re-introducing the need for an intelligent designer God to explain the origin of all of this information.

In the process of attempting to explain the origin, existence, and functional coherence of this complex information…this search automatically refutes the concept of Scientism…that “nature” is all that there is…the basis for the atheistic philosophies of naturalism and materialism.

Scientism is too simplistic in this Age of Information to “hold water.”  A plausible explanation for the origin of information…like the ink that is intelligently arranged on paper to create the headlines for the New York Times newspaper each day…to convey information…falls outside of the materialistic explanation of how ink chemically bonds to paper.

Likewise, when atheists and skeptics assert that the Old and New Testament stories of faith in the Bible are imaginary myth…are the creation of human literary invention…this requires a defense of these biblical narrative stories based on the parallel to our Christian experience today.

If after closer scrutiny, these biblical narrative stories of faith demonstrate a radically divergent contrast with the normalcy of worldly conventional thinking…in contrast with the autonomous nature of going our own way as junior gods sitting atop the thrones of our lives…then the notion that these Bible stories of faith are myth is also eliminated as a plausible consideration to explain their origin.

This realization that the biblical narrative stories of faith are too complex, too sophisticated, too brilliantly unusual and original, and too contrary to worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…to be the product of human literary invention…has enormous implications for answering the fundamental questions of why we are here…and what is the meaning and purpose of our existence.

If commonsense Christian apologetics discovers within the biblical narrative stories of faith the necessity of the script-writer God as the only plausible explanation for their composition…to compliment the scientific discovery of the necessity of an intelligent designer God as the only plausible explanation for the existence of complex systems of information in the natural world…these two realities of rational thinking coalesce into a positive force for truth…that in the humble opinion of this Christian author…is making a compelling case for the existence of God, the truth of the Bible, and Jesus Christ in fact being “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6).

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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