Logic & Structure

Look around you. Are you surrounded by chaos? Despite whatever your first thought may be concerning the state of your room, the fact is that there is an intrinsic order to reality. This underlying organization to the fabric of our existence goes a long way in the debate between belief and blindness.

Do you understand these words? Can you understand that I am saying something, that these letters across your screen convey meaning, both individually and together as a whole? The fact that you can indeed recognize that there is meaning behind my words is no accident. Even if I had written this article in some language foreign to you, the very structure of the text would seem to indicate that it is more than just symbols on a page. What does it mean?

ripplesScientists rely on the language of mathematics to understand the universe around us. Through it we have identified natural laws, and by them we have come to understand to some degree the nature of how this universe works. Amazingly, we have learned that the universe is not random and it’s not nearly as chaotic as what many may at first believe! Everything from population growth, to weather patterns, even ripples on the surface of water demonstrate a certain predictability and structure to the universe.

Believers in strict naturalism, those who reject the transcendental existence of a Creator, maintain a position on our origins whereby, they say, everything descended from chaos. Out of the Big Bang (an event that itself is built on huge layers of unsubstantiated conjecture) came blistering-hot chaos, and over time those incandescent plasmas congealed into that which we see today. Whether you believe that or not is your prerogative, but I have a question: Doesn’t the fact that order is present in our universe imply something greater than chaos? After all, no known natural law allows information to spontaneously appear from chaos, thus there exists no authentic means by which this structured, logical reality could ever naturalistically evolve from the swirling wreckage of some primeval pandemonium. The fact that we can understand the universe rationally, that it intrinsically makes sense, is a testament to the fact that an intelligence is behind it and us, not chaos.

Simplifying it some, mathematics inherently carries information and predictability, and this could not be so unless the universe was intelligible. That intelligibility implies intelligence, and that itself implies a Creator; something far greater than its creation.

Framing it in a more day-to-day application, C. S. Lewis said, “Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.

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