The 7 Pillars

The following 7 points are my selection of scientifically sound arguments that set me on the path to the conclusion that the universe, and life within it, are the product of a being of vast intelligence who clearly has intentions, or purposes, with respect to his creation.

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1 Spontaneous life It has been demonstrated experimentally that life does not spontaneously arise from lifeless matter.
2 Accidental life The combined efforts of the world’s scientists, along with all available accumulated scientific knowledge, modern sophisticated experimentation equipment, and powerful high-speed computers, have so far been unable to reproduce the so-called accident of the beginning of life.
3 Created life If ever scientists did accomplish point no. 2, it would only serve to reinforce the proof for point no. 1.
4 Fine-tuned entities The top 39 physical and chemical entities in the universe, solar system, earth, and our bodies, that are precisely fine-tuned for our continued existence, give evidence of highly intelligent planning.
5 Altruism Humans basically seek love and peace, not personal survival at all cost. For example, why is the death of a loved one so utterly devastating?
6 Feedback mechanisms RNA is required to make proteins — yet proteins are involved in the production of RNA. RNA is only one example of the many thousands of inter-related, inter-dependent “machines” within the human cell that redefine the upper limits of the meaning of “complex.”
7 Simplicity Scientific principles demonstrate that closed systems cannot become more organised, nor can they remain organised unless acted upon by an external agent. The laws of statistics, entropy, and calculations from thermodynamics and kinetics, demonstrate that left by themselves systems inexorably tend toward simplicity, not complexity.

This last point brings to mind the so-called Occam’s Razor, which has been variously interpreted and re-worked. Perhaps the best representation of his meaning is as follows:

“When presented with two competing hypotheses explaining an observation, you should start with the one with the fewest assumptions.”

In essence, simplest is best.

Isaac Newton made this statement:

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

And Stephen Hawking made this point in A Brief History of Time:

“We could still imagine that there is a set of laws that determines events completely for some supernatural being, who could observe the present state of the universe without disturbing it. However, such models of the universe are not of much interest to us mortals. It seems better to employ the principle known as Occam’s razor and cut out all the features of the theory that cannot be observed.”

It is curious that many atheists refer to Occam’s Razor when asserting that there is no Supreme Creator, but that the simplest explanation is that everything we know happened automatically, by a series of serendipitous events.

Is this really the simplest, natural conclusion to the question of the existence of the universe?

Returning to the story of the inscription in the rock-face (from The Fundamentals), clearly the natural conclusion is that the energy of the universe, along with all the associated laws that govern its numerous characteristics, were planned intentionally and for a purpose.

After all, would these same philosophical atheists use Occam’s Razor to naturally conclude that the inscription in the rock-face resulted from blind chance?

 

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