Is This Really A Material World?

The Bible says that God is self-evident, which would mean that in order to see him or hear him all one would have to do would be to look and listen. For example, everywhere scientists look in nature they discover rational, creative explanations. These explanations are completely distinct from the existence of rational, creative creatures, so it is not possible to declare that these explanations belong to us. Who then is the rational, creative author of it all?

Another example is the increasingly astonishing realization that the universe is so finely tuned for life that the odds of it happening by chance are way, way, way beyond astronomical. So much so that the most popular way for naturalists to continue to deny God is to theorize that our universe is part of a multi-verse of trillions upon quadrillions upon quintillions of other universes. That would increase the odds for our home’s complexity; however, it would still continue to take for granted the rational, creative context for it all.

And a third example is what we will focus on in this feature: Is this really a material world? Are there really no such things as immaterial (rational, creative) minds? Are we nothing more than bodies of matter and energy? Is there truly no difference between the media of communication (printed symbols, vibrating air waves, radio waves, etc.) and the meaning of communication? Are we certain that there are no nonphysical realities? In the four articles below (all new to LeaderU) we consider the options.

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Is This Really a Material World?

Irrational Faith: What Science Cannot Explain
Matt Tang
The author proposes that the only other alternative to a faith in a rational creator is an unspoken acknowledgment of the current state of affairs. It requires a blind acceptance of a rational universe, a tenuous recognition of free will, and a bleak acquiescence that life is nothing more than a mysterious, but meaningless, phenomenon.

Robert Haraway III
This article explores the importance of the mathematical concept of infinity. The calculus we used to put men on the moon was just as crucial and “real” a part of the mission as the rocket ship that took them there. Yet it is undeniably immaterial.

A Matter of the Mind
Keren Zhou
This article makes the very simple argument that if there were immaterial phenomenon in the universe (such as the concept of infinity), then there is no way that the brain could “know” it. It could not use the five senses to perceive something which is intangible.

The Image of the Creator
Matt Connally
This article looks first at the immaterial nature of information and then at the mystery of man's ability to perceive, translate, and author it. And all the science will support the Bible's claim that man is made in the image of the Author of life.