Pristine Grace

Some Thoughts about Materialism

    One man says he’s a materialist, meaning he does not believe in God, only in matter. From matter he comes, by matter he is defined and to matter he is reduced.

    The problem with this description of reality is that reality itself does not support it.

    To start with matter ‘came into existence’ it did not always exist. Something existed before matter – something existed prior. Something that was not matter – not material. In short, something else brought matter, atoms, and molecules - material stuff into existence.

    Matter has not always existed, and matter did not create itself. For it to create itself it would have had to exist prior to its own existence – not only is that logically impossible but that’s absurdly ridiculous.

    I’m not a materialist for two good reasons.

  1. I place my faith in the One that existed before matter. The origin of matter. The origin of physical laws. The origin of the Creation of every material atom.
  2. Everything about the reality that I live in and experience tells me that a dogmatic belief in purely materialistic mindless impersonal non-rational undirected unguided unintended non-conscious purely accidental processes – coming from nothing and for no purpose whatsoever is false and does not reflect in any way my experience of reality.

    It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown - how a non-existent thing can create its own existence. It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown – how mindless non-conscious matter can morph into a state of awareness, reasoning and apprehension. It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown – how non-moral chemicals can instil moral intuition, conscience, guilt and remorse.

    Because without God there are no inalienable rights, endowed to us by our Creator – there is no transcendent dignity, value or sacredness to human existence whatsoever.

    What rights? What values?

    Evolution confers no rights, molecules are neither righteous nor unrighteous. Energy has no moral concerns. The universe does not belch out moral values. Matter is just matter, atoms just atoms, molecules just molecules and chemistry cannot and does not impose upon us moral obligations.

    It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown – how non-life becomes alive or how mindless non-rational purely naturalistic processes write sophisticated information code that underpins a mathematical symmetrical universe that spews out mind-bogglingly sophisticated DNA instruction.

    It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown – how atoms crashing into atoms create laws of logic, or how a purely materialistic universe - having no eyes or ears - became infatuated with aesthetic beauty and inspired by the sound of an orchestra.

    It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown – that the universe is ultimately purposeless – this is just a smuggled-in materialistic assumption. It’s never been demonstrated to me – it’s never be shown how an accidental explosion – the pure unintended flatulence of nature – can create order in ways that boggle the human mind.

    Materialism fails for me at multiple levels. It makes sense of nothing and is absurd and bankrupt in its explanations. It’s not reflective of reality - and as a philosophy is asphyxiating and useless. (copied)