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May
08

the atheist’s conundrum [intallment 2 on D’Souza]

While the number of avowed atheists in western culture seems to be increasing, for the rest of the world, God is doing incredibly well. Globally, religious belief is growing and the ranks of the unbelievers is shrinking as a proportion of the world’s population. According to Dinesh D’Souza, “The world is witnessing a huge explosion of religious conversion and growth, and Christianity is growing faster than any other religion…[this growth] has not gone unnoticed by leading atheists. Some of these nonbelievers, most of them Darwinists, express candid puzzlement at religion’s enduring vitality.” Biologist [and atheist] Richard Dawkins [author of The God Delusion] admits that religion poses a “major puzzle to anyone who thinks in a Darwinian way.”

What’s the big deal?  Well, from a secular evolutionary view, religion poses a serious problem. If belief in some supreme being is nothing more than a weak-minded illusion or delusion…why then are human beings evolving in such a way that more and more people around the globe are coming to believe in things that don’t exist? Religion is useless to the evolutionary process. It should be devolving.

Darwinists can’t agree on an explanation but Dawkins suggests, “The proximate cause of religion might be hyperactivity in a particular node of the brain.” Some propose there might be a “God module” in the brain that predisposes people to believe in the Almighty. Perhaps, this module evolved as a byproduct of other modules with some evolutionary value. In short, there is no Darwinian explanation. D’souza reasons, “After all, if a ‘God module’ produces belief in God, how about a ‘Darwin module’ that produces belief in evolution?”

The rise of religion worldwide [in China, Russia, India, Korea, Africa, Central and South America] is a fascinating phenomenon when measured against the expectations of secular evolutionary theorists. Why are more people then ever before searching for and affirming the existence of something or someone beyond what we can smell, taste, hear, feel and see? Why the undeniable and growing human belief in a Divine Creator?

D’souza ofers one option. “My conclusion is that it is not religion but atheism that requires a Darwinian explanation.”

Perhaps Solomon says it best in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He [God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

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