Wednesday, 24 March 2010

When evolutionists debate the future of God

The debaters had no need for this scenario. Michelangelo: Creation of Adam. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Recently, two atheists and two new age advocates had a debate on the future of God. Michael Shermer and Sam Harris presented the atheist position while Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston defended the new age view.

In a rambling debate held at Caltech on March 14, the participants occasionally forgot what they were supposed to talk about. Shermer brought up his understanding of religions being primitive explanations of reality. He has no use for angels, demons or anything that cannot be explained by materialistic science. Echoing the idea introduced by Ludwig Feuerbach, he said, ”We created God”.

Chopra replied by affirming his trust in science and denied believing in ”primitive theology”. Harris used the event to criticise Christianity, and Houston promoted her views of the need to change the world through new age spirituality.

When one side rejects the existence of consciousness as being independent of our brains and the other side affirms new age spirituality, any debate is bound to be interesting – and this was no exception although the debaters did not always speak the same language.

The debate had nothing to do with traditional Christianity. The participants acknowledged their trust in evolution and Big Bang cosmology. However, both concepts are foreign to a truly biblical worldview in which the Creator God wants to have a personal relationship with man whom he created in His image.

Far from being primitive, Christianity is still a dynamic force that changes people all over the world. As the apostle Paul put it, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17)


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