Friday, December 2, 2011
God or Tooth Fairy?
Christopher Hitchens compares belief in an intelligent creator/designer to belief in the Tooth Fairy. The difference is that when you examine the evidence, the Tooth Fairy hypothesis contradicts the reality that we observe and experience. (Get ready for a run on sentence of extreme proportions) And yet, given the reality of specified complexity found throughout the universe, the unavoidable scientific evidence that the universe had a point of origin, the fine tuning, (to the point of mathematical absurdity), present in the universe necessary for life to exist, not to mention the persistence of objective morality in the human mind - supposing an intelligent creator is perfectly reasonable. I would argue that it is actually the most reasonable conclusion to draw from the evidence and the reality we experience. Do not misunderstand me though, I do not intend in this short post to even begin making the leap to a case for any particular religion. My intention is to bring Hitchens' objection into perspective and lay the groundwork for basic Theistic belief. I suspect that many of you reading this already consider yourselves Christians. Even so, if you have never considered the evidence for God in creation, I would point you to Romans 1:20.