The Limits of Naturalistic Processes

Evolution and the limits of naturalistic processes

 

Evolution’s great claim is that all life is the result of unguided natural processes. But, purely naturalistic processes have difficulty explaining what we see in the world around us. For instance, it is undeniable, except to a few, that something cannot come from nothing (where nothing is defined as what a sleeping rock dreams of), that life cannot come from non-life, and that we, ourselves, have a special immaterial consciousness. This is largely because—as of today—science has completely failed to provide any reasonable naturalistic explanation for the origin of the cosmos, the origin of life or the origin of consciousness. This is not due to lack of effort; science has struggled in vain for reasonable explanations. In fact, the more that is discovered about the cosmos, life and consciousness, the more difficult it is to find a plausible non-supernatural explanation. If the cosmos, life and consciousness actually did arise from strictly naturalistic processes, why are we completely clueless as to how it happened?

And, if purely naturalistic processes have so much difficulty in explaining such simple basic phenomenon, should we not question purely naturalistic explanations for the evolutionary development of life also? Why not? When we are presented with supposedly overwhelming evidence for evolution, let us take a step back and carefully evaluate what we are being told. Given the poor track record of naturalistic processes, we owe it to ourselves to carefully analyze and evaluate the evidence for evolution’s extraordinary claims. I believe that when you do you will find naturalistic explanations for the evolutionary development of life also incredibly weak.

The Bible’s great claim is that all life is the result of God’s creative work. In its opening pages, the Hebrew text clearly states that God “created” the cosmos, life and human consciousness—all out of nothing. The first three uses of the Hebrew word “bara”—translated “created” in the English and usually meaning to create out of nothing—appears in the Bible’s first verse to proclaim the creation of the cosmos; then again in verse 21 to proclaim the creation of “living creatures” and then again in verse 27 to proclaim man as created in “the image of God.” Amazingly, the very first chapter of the Bible presents a reasonable answer to what we see in the world around us –to the three great mysteries of the origin of the cosmos, of life and of human consciousness.

Thus, when the Bible goes on to describe that all life was initially created “after its kind”, why not also evaluate how the evidence supports creationist claims? I believe that when you do, you will find the evidence fits the super-naturalistic claims much better than the purely naturalistic.

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2 Responses to The Limits of Naturalistic Processes

  1. Yiam Cross says:

    “Given the poor track record of naturalistic processes”

    Yeah. I mean, what has science ever done for us? .

    Apart from medicine, computing, engineering, aerodynamics, energy, oceanography, meteorology, materials, transport, electronics….. How long have you got?

    At least we have a god who’s given us lots to make up for the poor track record of naturalistic processes. Rape, murder, genocide, slavery, war, famine, hate, unfounded guilt.

    How hard a choice could that be? Trouble is, it’s hard to know which one of the thousands of gods we can choose from is responsible so maybe we should thank them all.

  2. Don McLeroy says:

    I love science; I do not argue that science has never done anything for us.

    Science does not equal naturalistic processes. For a great understanding of science, see my post on the “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and read Ann Druyan’s description of science as told by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I do not see “naturalistic” in their description.

    And, do you argue that ” medicine, computing, engineering, aerodynamics, energy, oceanography, meteorology, materials, transport, electronics” all arose naturalistically? These are all the result of human ingenuity.

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