Seven Reasons Why We Must Question Scientific Materialism
The majority of people accept the teachings of scientific materialism without question. If a Nobel prize-winning scientist tells us the universe was created in the Big Bang, it was; if he tells us the early universe inflated trillions of times in the blink of an eye, it most certainly did; if he tells us the picture-perfect universe evolved from chaos of the Big Bang with no intelligent guiding force we believe that too; if a Harvard professor tells us life arose from a primordial swamp and then evolved from primitive bacteria to the structured order of the DNA molecule and all life forms, we buy into that as well. And we buy in with such commitment that anyone who disagrees with these established truths is misguided, if not ignorant.
Here are seven reasons why we must question these teachings of scientific materialism:
1. Modern science has avoided, but never answered, the basic question of how something came from nothing, or more specifically, how all the matter necessary to form the trillions upon trillions of galaxies in the sky miraculously sprang from nothing at the Big Bang. Since scientific materialism cannot get off the ground without answering this question, we should pin material scientists down and make them answer this question. It turns out they cannot do so without assuming something, whether a force-field, light rays, or matter, at creation. This is an assumption, not an explanation.
2. Modern science has no answer for how the mindless, chaotic matter conveniently available at the Big Bang immediately started operating according to the laws of nature. What power infused this dead and dumb matter with the clockwork precision of scientific laws?
3. The conditions of the universe are perfectly tuned to allow life to prosper on planet Earth. Modern science’s latest explanation for this stunning coincidence is that not just one, but 10E500 (10 with 500 zeros) universes, sprang from the void at the Big Bang. In one of these multiverses, they say, the laws of nature would have turned out just so life could exist. This seems like a bit of a stretch.
4. After assuming that matter burst from the void and rushed toward a world of perfect order, material scientists next assume that these mindless particles assembled themselves into the precise forms necessary to create life — specifically, the DNA molecule. How did mindless bits of dust teach themselves the language of the genetic code?
5. Darwin’s theory of evolution is mindless, and without purpose or direction. Life, according to these materialists, evolves through random mutations — copying mistakes — that are passed on from generation to generation. If so, why did the living world turn out to be a zoological garden rather than a freak show? How did bacteria mindlessly evolve toward the form of Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley? Why does the genetic code solve any challenge the natural world throws at life, from fur to large beaks, to the opposing thumb? Why are the parts available to adapt life to the needs of the environment? Assuming that some form of evolution did occur, is Darwin’s mindless, random variety, the only possible kind?
6. Several hundred years ago philosophers agreed that the mind can only know itself. Therefore, we must assume that something exists outside of the mind, what Kant called the “thing-in-itself” and what modern scientists call realism. If the mind can only know itself, then how do we know that the world we experience is the product of the Big Bang, rather than the product of the united mind of humankind?
7. If the world is really a dream, but we assume it is not by blindly following the teachings of modern, materialistic science, then we have unwittingly turned a dream world into a prison with no escape, for a mind can only build a dream with the thoughts and beliefs it holds deeply inside.
We question the car dealer about the frequency of oil changes; coaches about player substitutions; dentists about toothbrushes; and teachers about grades, but we remain silent when material scientists build a worldview that determines our lives and our world.
In the end, we must question scientific materialism because it will turn out to be wrong.