I’ve seen many atheist organizations claim to represent science, free-thought and skepticism, but as a Christian I have trouble seeing how atheism can be all those things. Afterall if someone is self identifying as a non-theist they must be ruling out thousands of ideas, which isn’t very free or skeptical. Agnosticism seems more like the worldview many scientific atheists claim to support.
Something I think atheism advocates need to address is how their scientific community looks increasingly like an organized religion. Just like Christians believe God helps them to see, atheists believe the scientific method helps them to see. Many of which don’t even delve into studying this method (doctrine) and just believe whatever popular scientists (pastors) say. But science doesn’t say anything; it’s a method, and is based on constant skepticism in order to identify something as fact. Yet daily I’m told by atheists “science says this or that.” Telling me to believe in something “because science says so” holds as much logic as telling someone to believe something “because God says so.” That is a blind faith, and each time I’m confronted by an atheists going out of their way to prove other religions wrong, I can’t help but think this means more to them than simply defending an opinion. What’s the point of debating these things if you’re ideology essentially tells us life has no meaning? The end result is convincing people that the argument you’re having is meaningless (or at the very least, will be once you’re dead and forgotten).
There just doesn’t seem to be many reasons for someone to choose atheist because of science, unless they already have as much faith in the material world as theists have in “that which is unseen.” I’m not saying atheism is unscientific; actually the opposite. But limiting yourself to a method that only measures what the human experience can perceive, doesn’t seem like free-thought. Complete free-thinking almost requires something to account for the exact opposite of science.
Yet… we always want to say we’ve included science and free-thought into our worldview, but why? Why must we side with science and/ or be completely open minded? I understand, it isn’t socially acceptable to say, “we require limitations in order to think,” or “my faith isn’t dependent on science,” but why? What if the scientific method can get something wrong, and what if always being skeptical never finds truth because… well… you’re always skeptical? Yeah, ain’t that a thought. Should we be skeptical of science and also skepticism itself?
This is why I’ve find it hard to wrap my head around theists claiming to be scientists, in the sense that science proves God. I understand the sentiment, you believe the scientific method explains how the world works; but every day we hear of science “disproving” God. And what if it did? What does the Christian scientist “believe” more; science or God? I’ve heard the question asked by atheists many times, “what evidence do you have for God?” And I’m not going to dance around it; the type of evidence they’re looking for does not exist. It can’t. We might be able to find scientific evidence proving Biblical events, we might be able to disprove many atheistic assumptions, we might be able to point to many strange coincidences (that we see as evidence of something bigger than ourselves), but the Bible even says God cannot be tested and the majority of us will not physically witness Him.
You can make someone doubt anything through science, you can even make them doubt atheism, but science can’t make them believe in God, only through their spirit does real change happen. How could you expect something that created measurements, laws and the universe itself, be measurable within our understanding? That doesn’t mean that the spirit can’t see God through science. Although God can’t be proven with our understanding of science, it’s still the study of His creation. Just like through art, beauty and all that is good, God can be seen anywhere in nature. Once one admittedly is in pursuit of God, and then takes the steps to develop a relationship with God, it’s shocking how we ever doubted. Ultimately you will never believe the proof of God until you’re in a relationship with Him.