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An Ad Hominem Argument Against Atheism

What is an ad hominem argument?

Ad Hominem - attempts to link the validity of a premise (in this case Atheism) to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise (in this case, the atheists lack of neutrality).  The words ad hominem come from the Latin argumentum ad hominem ("to the man")

The Atheist Leap of Faith

One of the basic principles of scientific inquiry are as follows:
  • out of nothing, nothing comes
  • if something exists then something has always existed
In other words, scientific inquiry depends on a system that is stable.  Theories are based on the assumption that things are as they always have been.  Otherwise, it becomes virtually impossible to formulate theories about the past or the future, since the foundational laws of nature could change.

However, many "practicing atheists" believe, contrary to their own scientific method, in the evolutionary view that all life is the outcome of a impersonal, unsupervised, natural process.  It is important to note that for a Darwinian scientist must believe in the following, in order to maintain an impersonal, unsupervised natural origin of the universe.
  1. nothing produced everything
  2. random chance evolved everything into a finely tuned universe
  3. non-life produced life
  4. chaos produced cosmos
  5. mindless matter produced the conscious mind
  6. non-reason produced reason
  7. non-purpose produced humans who are obsessed with purpose
These beliefs demand incredible faith.  After all, having the universe come from nothing is not natural.  Neither is the process of non-life producing life.  These beliefs are also theological in nature and contradict their own method of scientific inquiry.  The following statement from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) illustrates this contradiction.
As stated in The American Biology Teacher by the eminent scientist Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973), "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." This often-quoted declaration accurately reflects the central, unifying role of evolution in biology. The theory of evolution provides a framework that explains both the history of life and the ongoing adaptation of organisms to environmental challenges and changes. 
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Scientists have firmly established evolution as an important natural process. The nature of science, experimentation, logical analysis, and evidence-based revision based on detectable and measurable data are procedures that clearly differentiate and separate science from other ways of knowing. Explanations or ways of knowing that invoke metaphysical, non-naturalistic or supernatural mechanisms, whether called "creation science," "scientific creationism," "intelligent design theory," "young earth theory," or similar designations, are outside the scope of science and therefore are not part of a valid science curriculum.   - National Association of Biology Teachers' Statement on Teaching Evolution, www.nabt.org, July 10th, 2010.
This statements starts out with an affirmation of the theory of evolution, a theory that is based on theological beliefs.  It then goes on to place non-naturalistic machanisms "outside the scope of science".  By this logic, they should not be teaching evolution because it relies on a non-natural mechanism.  As a side note, they are correct in saying that science is a different way of knowing.  Science is a way of knowing probabilities, which is a way of knowing nothing at all. 

Reymond states the following regarding the bias of Darwinian scientists.
Darwinian scientists presume at the outset of their research a naturalistic view of reality that is profoundly atheistic.  They presuppose as a matter of first principle that purposeless material processes do all the work of biological evolution because, according to their philosophy, nothing else is available.  They have pre-defined their task as biologists to be the discovery of the most plausible - or the least implausible - naturalistic or materialistic explanation of how biological evolution occurs.  This approach, of course, rules out an intelligent Creator, requiring adherence at the outset to Darwinian world view that assumes that the material universe is all that exists.  This is hardly doing "unbiased science" is done.  Rather, this is prejudicial naturalistic philosophy of science that is biased to the core and that dictates the materialistic outcome of all scientific pronouncements before the facts are even known and considered.  - Robert Reymond, Faith's Reasons For Believing, p. 336-337
To sum up the Darwinian argument, "we really don't know how the first cell came into existence.  But we do know this, whatever it was that brought us life, it could never have been a supernatural personal God!"

No Atheists Exist

In reality, we know from the scriptures that every man knows there is a God.
  • Rom. 1:18-19   For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
  • Rom. 1:32  who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
  • Rom. 2:14-15  for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
Atheists are examples of the biblical fool as described in Ps. 14 (also see Ps. 53)
  • Ps. 14:1  The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. 
  • 1 Cor. 1:20   Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  • 1 Cor. 3:19-20  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 

Another Example of Suppressing the Truth - The Human Cell

Will be reading and watching a video on the complexity of the human cell.

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