Hello, girls! We’ve missed you, and we know you’ve missed us here at The God Project Dot Net. We’ve been formulating our blueprint for becoming a weapon of mass instruction, emerged from the caves of hermetic introspection and limned the cave paintings of destiny. You’re welcome. Air kisses.
Last night we decided to think like the wretched Millennials with whom we work and type our most pressing existential question into Google. So we fired up the H.P. laptop and typed these four words: “IS THERE A GOD”
And God answered! Hah … kidding. Although I couldn’t help but notice the first two letters of the most popular search engine on the planet are “G” and “O” — which you might say spell “GO” and you might say spell two-thirds of you-know-who. (“Seek and you will find” – Matt. 7:7)
What comes up? A lot of interesting stuff, actually. There’s a paid link to a guy who’s taken it upon himself to evangelize former atheists like himself (GodEvidence.com), apparently giving his own money to Google for the privilege (every click on a sponsored link costs the advertiser money). There’s a link to an interesting article by the late genius philosopher and professional atheist Bertrand Russell we’ll get to later.
And there’s a helpful guide at the innocuous-sounding EveryStudent.com by a woman named Marilyn Adamson, laying out “six straight-forward reasons to believe that God is there.” Since these are pretty much the six go-to reasons cited by Evangelical apologists these days, I’ll share them here (sans snarky commentary, which we have outgrown):
- Complexity of the planet and of life — this is the usual argument that the Earth is the perfect distance from the sun to sustain life, water has key qualities like floating when it freezes, etc. Adamson also points to the complexity of the human brain with an inadvertently humorous sentence: “The brain functions differently than other organs. There is an intelligence to it.”
- Universe started somehow — even if we accept the Big Bang, who was the Big Banger? She quotes Robert Jastrow: “The universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen.” (“Message from Robert Jastrow,” LeaderU.com 2002)
- Uniform laws of nature – again, quoting an eminent scientist out of context, as Evangelicals often do: “The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle” – Richard Feynman (“The Meaning of It All,” p43)
- DNA as a kind of programmed map of instructions for life – “You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it,” says Adamson.
- Personal argument about the yearning some feel in their hearts for God — what C. S. Lewis in “Surprised by Joy” called “the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet.” By this argument, the God Project Dot Net itself can be seen as proof of God’s existence … which may well be true.
- Jesus as a “specific picture” — miracles, proclamation, etc.