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W
hen thoroughly
scrutinized, error
always exposes itself
through some kind of self-con-
tradiction. Truth alone stands the
test of scrutiny. One such example
is highlighted when considering a
fundamental plank of the atheist’s
position.
The atheist says, “I refuse to con-
sider believing in anything that isn’t
natural—whose explanation cannot
be found in nature. Everything must
be (and can be) explained through
natural processes.” So, according
to the atheist, the existence of
everything in the Universe must
be explainable by natural means—
nothing unnatural (e.g., a supernat-
ural Being) can be considered in the
equation. Evolutionary geologist
Robert Hazen, who received a Ph.D.
in Earth Science from Harvard, is
a research scientist at the Carnegie
Institution of Washington’s Geo-
physical Laboratory and a professor
of Earth Science at George Mason
University. In his lecture series,
Origins of Life
, Hazen said:
In this lecture series I make
a basic
assumption
that life
emerged by some kind of
natural process
. I propose
that life arose by a sequence
of events that are completely
consistent with the
natural
laws
of chemistry and physics.
In this assumption I am like
most other scientists
. I believe
in a universe that is ordered by
these
natural laws
. Like other
scientists, I rely on the power of
observations and experiments
and theoretical reasoning to
understand how the cosmos
came to be the way it is (2005,
emp. added).
The problem is that in holding this
position, the naturalist quickly
runs into walls of scientific fact that
contradict it. The laws of science
are formal declarations of what
have been proven, time and again
through science, to occur
in nature
without exception. The naturalist
cannot hold a view that contradicts
the laws of nature and not simul-
taneously contradict himself. But
this is precisely the position that
the naturalist is in. He must hold to
explanations not in harmony with
nature for many things we find in
the Universe. For example, the
nat-
uralist’s
explanation of the origin
of matter and energy (i.e., that it
popped into existence or always
existed) is
unnatural
(i.e., it contra-
dicts the 1
st
and 2
nd
Laws of Ther-
Continued on p. 6
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