Monday Musings for April 09, 2018

Good morning, Musers,

A teenager from Europe wants to know if the idea that God exists is too simple a solution for explaining the data known as the universe. This is a good example of the short-comings of this Q & A format. I’m not sitting in the same room as my questioner — and she was not expansive — so I’d like to know more precisely what she meant by her question. We Christians do not say that God is simple. We say that he is profound… so I don’t quite see the issue.

She could be running into accusations that believing in God is a simple solution that simple people use to explain a complex universe — and this might be true of the anti-intellectual believers among us. But this is not true of believers like astrophysicist Sarah Salviander, biochemist Fazale Rana, nuclear physicist Gerald Schroeder or philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig. These are all bright and credentialed people who find God to be the best explanation for the phenomena they explore in their fields of scientific and academic expertise.

An earnest seeker will find God… and that’s a great leveler. You don’t need a Ph.D. to find him… but nor should academic achievement repel him. God is like Diogenes here… he’s walking around looking for an honest person — not a person looking for easy answers — and I think this is the issue that drove today’s question.

Non-believers are quick to apply what might be true of some of us to all of us… and that’s an unacceptable bias. I’d throw God out on his ear if the data called for it! But I don’t have a chip on my shoulder. Instead, I do what the Bible does: I assume God as it does in its first four words. “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1). That’s a reasonable place to start because it is still the best explanation for what we know about creation — even in this age where we can take measurements at the edges of the universe.

So, is the idea of God too good to be true? If not, is this too simple a solution to explain the data? Join me today as we explore some of the issues surrounding this… and enjoy the musings.

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