The Four Miracles of Atheism

Richard Dawkins stated that “Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” However, even naturalistic worldviews also take some things on faith.

For the purposes of this discussion, we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process. Consider the following four miracles which must be accepted by the atheist in spite of scientific evidence to the contrary:

  1. Getting Something from Nothing. There has never been an observed example where something was created from nothing. No person would attempt to build something without materials, and there is no theory outside Big Bang cosmology which reaches this conclusion without ridicule from the scientific community
  2. Getting Life from Non-Life. Even if naturalistic causes could have created the universe, it would still be necessary for non-living material to become living. This is also an unproven (and impossible) feat which must be accepted when denying the existence of God.
  3. Getting Order from Chaos. Personal observation tells us that all things tend towards disorder, not order. Left to themselves buildings crumble, gardens are taken over by weeds, and living material decays. If unguided natural causes produced the universe (from nothing) and produced life (from non-life) these processes would necessarily go against observed scientific principles in order to produce the complexity, beauty, and order that we observe in the world around us.
  4. Getting the Immaterial from Physical Matter. If nothing was able to produce everything, non-life was able to produce life, and chaos was able to produce order the atheistic worldview would still encounter an insurmountable obstacle. No matter how organized, it is impossible for physical material to produce the immaterial realities of human consciousness. Our morality, beliefs, desires and preferences all exist outside of mere physical matter.

Each of these examples go against the natural order and could be labeled as miracles. Naturalistic worldviews such as atheism, evolution, and neo-Darwinism regard this evidence for God with what Dawkins would certainly consider an unscientific approach: each item must be taken on faith.

With God it is very logical to conclude that He who created all things can work within His creation as He pleases. Scripture is replete with examples of such miraculous interactions and the Genesis account of creation certainly addresses the above four points.

By sharing this information with others we can help to demonstrate that even an atheistic worldview takes portions of its belief system on faith. It can be particularly helpful when needing to deflect undue criticism that Christianity requires its adherents to hold to blind faith despite evidence to the contrary. In fact, it is theism which is able to explain these miraculous occurrences in a satisfactory and logically consistent manner.

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3 thoughts on “The Four Miracles of Atheism

  1. “we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process.”

    Applying this definition to the 4 ‘miracles’ claims that science cannot explain them. Science might be able to; we might not have developed a methodology that will allow us to understand them yet. Given a long enough timeline, one could expect to discover the answers.

    Finally, this post implies, without actually saying it, that atheism is the position that there is no god. Also that atheists have a worldview. While that is sometimes true, that is not the definition of atheism. That would be like me saying that Christians are young earth creationists. While that is sometimes true, it is not the definition of Christianity. Ad hominem.

    • If and when science explains them (which I think isn’t gonna happen because of the nature of it) then they are no longer miracles.

      That is the same as saying I will one day weigh myself using a thermometer.

  2. i) First of all, quantum theory has the possibility of virtual particles, so the idea of “something from nothing” is not quite unheard of. But let’s assume for a moment it’s true, then… Doesn’t matter. Everything that was EVER experiences was INSIDE the universe. Something INSIDE the universe got transformed into something else INSIDE the universe. You cannot conclude anything from that about the nature of the universe itself, because, quite obviously, it’s not part of the universe. And before the beginning of the universe, there wasn’t even time, so we might not even be able to speak of “before” and “after” then. And we don’t know what is “outside” the universe (if there is).

    ii) And where is the problem with accepting that? The fact that we don’t know “how” is not evidence for “god”. It’s evidence that we lack knowledge.

    iii) The world around us is a very, very, very, very … very small part of the universe. So yes, entropy increases. But ONLY for isolated systems. Guess what? Earth ISN’T one. The universe itself is. But earth isn’t. Energy comes from the sun the whole time.

    iv) Why? Because you cannot imagine how? That’s your opinion but not a proven fact.

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