The Reason for God – Part 7

I finished reading Keller’s book, The Reason for God over the weekend and must say that I am, on-the-whole, extremely impressed.  It’s anticipation for being a modern-day Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis) has been realized.

Even though I’ve completed the book, I’ll continue to blog the rest of the way through it over the course of the next couple of weeks.

In chapter 6 he takes up the argument that “Science Has Disproved Christianity.”  In many aspects, this chapter addresses many of the arguments that the likes of Richard Dawkins have put forth especially regarding evolution.

Below are some snippets from this chapter (pp 84-96):

  • It is one thing to say that science is only equipped to test for natural causes and cannot speak to any others.  It is quite another to insist that science proves that no other causes could possibly exist.
  • When studying a phenomenon, the scientist must always assume there is a natural cause. 
    • That is because natural causes are the only kind its methodology can address. 
    • It is another thing to insist that science has proven there can’t be any other kind.  There would be no experimental model for testing the statement: “No supernatural cause for any natural phenomenon is possible.” 
    • It is therefore a philosophical presupposition and not a scientific finding.
  • To be sure that miracles cannot occur you would have to be sure beyond a doubt that God didn’t exist, and that is an article of faith. 
    • The existence of God can be neither demonstrably proven or disproven.
  • Only after drawing conclusions about the person of Christ, the resurrection, and the central tenets of the Christian message should one think through the various options with regard to creation and evolution.
  • For the record I think God guided some kind of process of natural selection, and yet I reject the concept of evolution as All-encompassing Theory.
  • Jesus’ miracles in particular were never magic tricks, designed only to impress and coerce. 
    • You never see him say something like: “See that tree over there?  Watch me make it burst into flames!” 
    • Instead, he used miraculous power to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead. 
    • Why? 
    • We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order.

~ by toddbumgarner on March 27, 2008 5:28 am.

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