Why do apparently intelligent people resort to believing in magic (miraculous events without any sufficient explanation or cause)? Former nuclear scientist Brian Johnston explores five ways atheists (materialists) do so – in relation to the origin of (1) the universe, (2) stars, (3) life, (4) biodiversity, and (5) morality. He then checks out 6 predictions of the hypothesis that arises from taking the first ten words of the Bible to be true: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”:
(1) we should not be able to find a material explanation for the origin of the universe;
(2) that the universe should be rational and able to be understood by us;
(3) that its laws should point to a lawgiver;
(4) that life would be found to run on information not mere chemistry;
(5) that lifeforms and organisms would be irreducibly complex (not capable of simple chance beginnings);
(6) that time itself should have a beginning.
The Apostle Paul said that when people deny that the Creator-God exists they end up with “futile thinking” (Romans 1:21). Yet, as Brian concludes, nothing makes more sense than Genesis 1:1. In fact, the biblical Judeo-Christian worldview is factual, logical and livable!