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I bet you didn’t know you had a worldview. Well everybody has one. Your worldview is fundamentally a lens, a pair of glasses so to speak, by which you interpret and judge facts about reality. The worldviews presented below are, in the authors mind, conclusive. Although some might argue the point the worldview choices available, once distilled, become an either or proposition like black and white or day and night.
These worldviews are generally formed because at some point in life everyone will ask themselves these questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? What happens when I die? When pondering these questions one thing becomes clear. Your answers to them will result in your adoption of one of only two basic worldviews. There are, of course, some variations on this theme but they all distil themselves into only these two choices. You and the universe are either the result of a cosmic accident, as Darwin suggests, or you and the universe are the consequence of intelligent design by a supernatural God. There literally is no middle ground.
Science has struggled to answer this question for centuries. What has personally intrigued me about this is that some of the brightest minds in western civilization have already concluded that we are, in fact, the product of a personal creator and not the side effect of some alleged natural process. These great intellects include Blaise Paschal, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, St. Thomas Aquinas, Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, Sir Isaac Newton and George Babbage to name just a few among their ranks. Although the reader may disagree with their conclusions the fact is that there has never been, even to this day, one concrete or demonstrable piece of evidence to prove that we as human beings are the product of a natural Darwinian process.
In the 20th century there have been many vocal opponents to the creation view that continue to try and sway both public and political opinion. One of the most prominent critics is Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is an esteemed English evolutionary biologist and has been one of those at the forefront of advocating the naturalistic explanation for life. What is stunning about Dawkins objections to creation is that he always veers away from the facts and begins attacking the character of the person disagreeing with him. His arguments also take on an atheistic and caustic anti God spin.
Is this rhetoric the mark of a scientist seeking the truth, or does it more accurately illustrate a disillusioned and angry man on a mission to paint believers in creation as ignorant hicks? If you listen closely to his message it is clear that that is exactly his goal. His message, though, has major flaws. The flaws lie in the fact that he presents no evidence to back up any of his views. In fact, when asked specifically how the first self-replicating organism came to be, professor Dawkins admits on camera that neither he nor anyone else has a clue. This is a stunning admission by the good doctor! He blatantly claims Darwinian evolution is a scientific fact out of one side of his mouth and out of the other side tells us that neither he nor anyone else has a clue how it all started. Wait, isn’t that what Richard Dawkins is an expert in? Hasn’t Richard Dawkins loudly proclaimed evolution as an undisputed scientific fact? How can it be a fact if no one, including Richard Dawkins, knows how it started? Can you see something wrong with this picture? Watch his admission for yourself by clicking the link below.
Another fact about worldviews is that your choice is personally staggering. If you determine that everything and everyone is the result of random chance and cosmic accident then it follows that (1) there is no creator to answer to; (2) your life and your actions will have absolutely no consequence because there is nothing in our universe beyond what you and your senses can perceive; (3) there is no absolute truth or ultimate purpose to your life therefore the truth will always be relative; and (4) in the final analysis your life will be viewed as ultimately meaningless and without consequence because it was an accident in the first place. Ultimately your death will hold no more significance to the cosmos than that of a candle being snuffed out.
If the cosmic accident scenario prevails in your worldview then the law of the jungle will also prevail as your personal foundation. Your actions or reaction to situations you encounter in life will only be in regard to self-interest and personal gain. But it doesn’t stop there. All science, philosophy, governments, civilization and individuals are built on one or the other of these two worldviews. This conclusion is inescapable.
Did God create life or are we the result of some cosmic blunder? Does your belief stem from fact or from assumption? It’s an intriguing question wouldn’t you agree? Regardless of where you ultimately stand on this question before you make your decision you should set aside all your presuppositions aside and study the data objectively. If you do that I think you will be surprised at what you find.
© Richard Woodling 2012