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The Evolution Sceptics – Martin Down in CofE Newsletter

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Martin Down has written an interesting piece in the Church of England newsletter,

Martin Down – The Evolution Sceptics

He concludes; “The fact is that the scientific evidence that we have is full of holes, or mysteries. At one time people believed in the God of the Gaps and then retreated from that position because the gaps seemed to be getting smaller and smaller and threatened to close up altogether. But that is not the case today: the gaps are getting bigger and bigger; the chances of the world that we live in happening by accident are vanishingly small. The chances of a strand of DNA assembling itself by accident are infinitesimal, too small to be worth considering. The world is an essentially mysterious place. Science has not got it all sorted out, whatever Stephen Hawking says: science has only deepened the mysteries. In the face of the mysteries of life there are only two responses, a shrug of the shoulders, or faith in God.”

Martin Down is the author of Deluded by Darwinism, pubished by David C. Cook 2007

5 Replies to “The Evolution Sceptics – Martin Down in CofE Newsletter

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    bornagain77 says:

    The closing statement: “In the face of the mysteries of life there are only two responses, a shrug of the shoulders, or faith in God.”

    This is not quite a true statement, at least not universally true, because many atheists I’ve debated do not ‘shrug their shoulders’ at the evidence, but instead have a level of ‘blind’ faith in ‘promissory future materialistic explanations’ that would put suicide bombers to shame. And frankly when faced with such overwhelming evidence for God ,from ALL fields of science no less, I find I am the shrugging my shoulders at the atheists reaction for,,,
    I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

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    bornagain77 says:


    I find I am the one shrugging my shoulders, at the atheists reaction, for,,,
    I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

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    bornagain77 says:

    Here is a very amusing article highlighting the typical ‘blind faith’ response from many atheists to the evidence:

    “…unlike Egnor I am interested in critical thought…”

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    JDH says:

    BA77 –

    I don’t often disagree with you, but it does not take “faith” to be an atheist. What it takes is “denial”. I think faith is the ability to believe something where the positive evidence for it does not currently exist or can not ever be discovered.

    In light of the fact that most atheists claim that they “choose to believe” in atheism, they are not just exercising faith. They are choosing to believe something which CAN NOT possibly be true.

    Any reasonable definition of atheism eventually ends in determinism of some kind. But if determinism follows from atheism, the believer in atheism CAN NOT choose it. So for anyone to say that he has looked at the evidence and chosen to believe atheism, he is stating an impossible statement. Not something he can believe in faith, but something, that due to the internal insurmountable contradiction, can not be true. This is not an exercise in faith. This is an exercise in denial.

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: found this interesting short video from Dr. Don Johnson:

    God’s Creative and Sustaining Word

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