[Personal Conclusions #2; No.1 was earlier Post 656]
Naturalists say “Matter Came First.”
We say the opposite: “Mind Came First”
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As the first of my “7 conclusions¹,” this is also a fragmentary draft.
Library shelves sag from endless discussions of what “came first.” A strict naturalist, or materialist would insist that matter came first. This assertion frequently hides behind the mask of evolution that so many talk about but refuse to define. Of course things evolve in the sense that they change over time. But is there anything behind the scenes that “causes” or “shapes” changes. A dog breeder could give a simple answer to that: “Yes.” However, in the business of dog breeding, there is a breeder calling the shots. A naturalist says in effect that there is no outside force or power creating, modifying, or guiding what’s going on with living things.
On the other hand, we believe the complexity of living creatures, especially higher ones, demands some outside “tinkering” to make life in the first place as well as to maintain, guide, and protect it through time.
In other words, there has to be a mind behind everything–a planner, designer, a caretaker, and an engineer. Books have been written to suggest this is God or some supernatural force.
We recommend two sources (of hundreds) that make good reading for those that have a beginning adult knowledge of science. Lanza, by the way, is a gifted medical researcher who–at least in his book–makes no profession of Christian faith. Ward is an Oxford philosophy professor with a Christian background.
Biocentrism by Robert Lanza
More Than Matter by Keith Ward
¹ 7 Truths and Concepts That Matter:
1. Earth and the universe are very old…and are amazing.
2. Mind preceded matter.
3. Right and Wrong are real and absolute.
4. Humans are unique and overwhelmingly distinctive among all living things.
5. Science provides important and reliable information about nature.
6. The Bible is unique, categorically different from other books, provides other reliable important information that does not deceive or lie to the common person who thoughtfully reads it.
7. Substitutionary atonement for sins is a welcome, satisfying, and real phenomenon.
This is a work in progress and is quite fragmentary. It represents 7 areas of thinking that capture my attention continually. Writing comments in posts like this pushes me to read, think, and record. I will return to the 7 from time to time.