Atheists and Science

Atheists often appeal to science in a fruitless attempt to support their position of non-belief in a supernatural Creator. For the typical atheist, science becomes either a shield or a sword used to ward off any talk of Christianity or a Creator. The average atheist’s understanding of science — its history, what it is, its philosophy and assumptions — is not any greater than that of the average Christian.

Atheists frequently try to pass off science as being a higher form of common sense. If you do not agree with an atheist on matters of religion, you will be treated as one who denies basic common sense. If you claim to believe in God, according to an atheist, you might as well be claiming to believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny. Atheists whose knowledge of science is limited have no real argument against the existence of God, so they resort to calling their own belief “science” and accusing you of being against science and knowledge.

Atheists know that science is a popular and well-received concept in the Western world. The quickest and easiest way to paint Christians in a bad light is to claim that one of the foundational tenets of Christianity — the existence of God — is anti-scientific. In reality, the atheists who do understand science know and readily admit that science is not in any way antithetical to or even incompatible with the existence of a supernatural Creator.

But Atheists call themselves atheists for a reason. They are self-defined primarily by their believe that God does not exist. Think about how ridiculous this is for a minute.

  • You don’t believe in Santa Claus. But you don’t call yourself an “a-Clausist”

  • You don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy. But you don’t call yourself an “a-Toothfairiest”

  • You don’t believe in space aliens (hopefully). But you don’t call yourself an “aextraterrestrialist”

Why then do atheists define themselves primarily by what they don’t believe in?

It is because they hate the God they don’t believe in.

Belief is a choice. Atheists can and do choose not to believe in God. That, however, doesn’t change the fact that they know He is real, and will hold them accountable.

When someone refuses to acknowledge reality, we sometimes call them stupid. When someone builds a false reality to replace actual reality, we call them psychotic. This is not to say that all atheists are psychotic, but to demonstrate that it is possible to purposely reject reality and replace it with one’s own version.

Atheists own words bear out the fact that they not only reject God, they actually hate Him. Some atheists say that they cannot prove that God doesn’t exist, and then in the same breath boldly assert that God is purely imaginary. If they were truly being objective, scientific, rational, and intellectually honest, they would not make statements asserting or implying that God does not exist.

But I rarely find an atheist that can resist making broad-sweeping claims about Christianity and people who believe in a Creator God. This proves to me that atheists are what the Bible calls them, “fools” (Psalm 14:1).

The rejection of God — and ultimately the rejection of many aspects of reality — has far-reaching consequences, namely into the realm of science. Many scientists are atheists. Atheists often cite this in hopes of getting others to conclude that atheism is scientific. Of course, there was a time when most scientists thought smoking was healthy. Drawing a conclusion about God based on who doesn’t believe in Him is irrational and illogical.

Most atheists I have encountered do not demonstrate a deep desire to understand and learn about science unless they believe it will soothe and support their beliefs. It is not at all uncommon for atheists to cite outdated scientific material and purposely ignore more recent peer-reviewed scientific articles that do not support their beliefs.

Let me give an example. Some atheists have mocked and ridiculed the Bible’s chronology that places dinosaurs and humans together in history. Several years ago, fossils were found containing actual soft-tissue from a dinosaur, which could not have survived for millions of years. Atheists quickly poo-pooed the discovery as being nothing more than bacterial contamination, or biofilm. All the atheists I am aware of either jumped on the bandwagon and happily swallowed the “biofilm” excuse, or they remained dead silent.

Fast-forward to 2011. More fossils containing soft-tissue were analyzed and conclusively proven to contain a very unique type of soft-tissue called collagen. Collagen, unlike “biofilm” or bacterial contamination, has a very elaborate structure and looks nothing like anything bacterial contamination could have produced. Collagen cannot survive for more than about 10,000 years, and even if it’s frozen (which it does not appear to have been), it cannot survive for more than 100,000 years. The evidence continues to support the Biblical chronology.

We shouldn’t be surprised, however, that atheists are trying to think of ways to convince themselves that the collagen could have survived and maintained its elaborate structure for 68 million years.

The rejection of a supernatural Creator has far-reaching consequences. Modern science — which gave us life-saving medicine, nutrition, sanitation, and luxury — was largely birthed by Christians like Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Michael Faraday, who were trying to learn more about God by studying the universe He created.

Atheists can do good science. But many of the atheistic scientists are leaning toward some very bizarre theories including time-travel and other dimensions to support their rejection of God. Their personal beliefs are clouding their judgment and consequently the state of science is suffering. As is often the case, the truth is the exact opposite of what most people think.

The real enemy of science is not Christianity, it is the rejection of our Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ.