Michael Battalio

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This I Believe (part 7)

This is part seven of my “This I Believe” series. I’m going to be spending most of the time delving into my struggles in deciding what it is I actually believe. I have had trouble over the last several years defining exactly what it is I prescribe to as a worldview. I consider myself a man of science, but I also consider myself a man of faith. So, where am I exactly? I hope to figure some of it out here.

Sentient Puddle
As a quick post, here is an analogy speaking about the argument from design. This is from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy writer and atheist Douglas Adams. Imagine an intelligent puddle of water. This puddle, in contemplating its existence, realizes that the world must be designed for him because the hole in the ground in which he exists (his universe) fits him so well. There must be a creator. The puddle exists in its universe until it evaporates.
What we, and the puddle, don’t realize is that perhaps the universe is not made to fit us but perhaps we are made to fit the universe, a la evolution. A creationist would say that means nothing, perhaps evolution was the instrument God used to create the Earth. There is the element of reasonable doubt. All a theologian has to do is come up with some explanation to cover whatever new science reveals as a truth about the universe. Religion, as has been the case since the dawn of man, can evolve just as science does.


Anonymous said...

Do you ever read any religion-based texts refuting atheism? You know, those texts hold as much or even more validity than those you are listing here. Please list the ones you have researched and that you will use in your future posts.

mbat said...

Yes, I have read most of "The Case for..." book series by Strobel. There's already a post on "The Case for Christ" a few posts preceding this one..

Anonymous said...

There is no use in defining who God is, neither should there be time wasted on creationism vs. evolution. How can we ever know?
If God exists, he is a perfect being. An imperfect being cannot fathom or define perfection.
I am certainly an imperfect being. Thus, if God exists, I cannot fathom or define God. So why waste your time defining God or trying to breakdown atheism or religious viewpoints? Having faith is much simpler. Christ relayed to us that to follow Him simply required the faith as that of a small child. It's so much simpler to follow Jesus. Also, how can we explain phenomena and healing in the Catholic church with science? If we can't explain this, then how the heck are we to explain sentient puddle? We do not exist in a state of misunderstanding or absurdity as most atheists commonly say. There is a purpose and order to life-the universe's order. Have you read any of Marianne Williamson? A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson--what an interesting book explaining the view of God and our purpose on earth.

mbat said...

The only thing I can say in response is that the unexamened life isn't worth living. I would admit it would be nice to be able to be cozy in my faith, but unfortunately God gave me reason and logic. I can't just ignore all the questions in my head. Whether or not God exists, I have free will, so I believe I should use it.

I have read articles by Williamson but not her books. I'll look into them.

Anonymous said...

Of course you have free will. And God didn't give just you reason and logic. He gave it to me as well. You'll be searching the world over if you try to reason out your faith. You must give up your free will to reason and accept His forgiveness and love. Then through time, Christ in his mercy and power will reveal to you knowledge through the holy spirit. And Marianne Williamson answers a lot of your questions. Please go purchase one of her books.

Anonymous said...

Yes, religion has evolved, and today religion does inspire. It is a means of explaining the emotional aspects of who we are. Sometimes the rationality of science proves hollow when used to explain why a child may feel sorrow for losing his mom to cancer. I would definitely say that religion does provide a form of emotional comfort for those dealing with a world that is not clear cut and rational.

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