What Do We Believe If There Is No God?

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Reason must have its origin in a rational absolute that exists outside and above the natural universe, or our claim to be rational creatures is not credible.

Those who believe in a naturalistic universe claim that everything came into being without the activity of an external, supernatural first cause. Naturalists believe that random combinations of atoms just happened to bump into each other and stick together to form everything that exists. For naturalists, this view is the only possible explanation for the existence of the universe. Such a view cannot validate reason because when things collide and combine at random, the results must be considered irrational, meaning without reason.

Many naturalists with a postmodern bent have accepted that our very thinking is undependable. Others are still trying to have their cake and eat it too. They believe that the universe manifests order, reason, and objective reality in spite of its random and accidental origins. But, such a view is self-contradictory. People can hold it only if they have not thought out the problem to its obvious conclusion.

A naturalistic universe simply cannot supply from within itself a validation for the dependability of reason. Such a universe and everything in it must be considered accidental, random, and irrational, continually in a state of flux, change, and unpredictability. In such a universe there is no bedrock, no solid footing to support human reason. Reason must have its origin in a rational absolute that exists outside and above the natural universe or our claim to be rational creatures is not credible.

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