On Christmas day in 2014, an article appeared in the Wallstreet Journal (WSJ) entitled “Science increasingly makes the case for God.” Written by Christian apologist and author Eric Metaxas, the article caused a firestorm on the internet.
It received an incredible 550,000 Facebook shares. This along with nearly 9,500 comments made it one of WSJ’s most read articles in its prestigious history.
In the article, Metaxas starts off writing how science has been desperately looking for life on other planets. He cited an article written in 1966 by Time Magazine entitled “Is God dead?”. In it, astronomer Carl Sagan suggested in the vastness of the universe there were a septillion number of planets (1 plus 24 zeros) capable of life.
Sagan believed all that was needed was a decent sun with a planet the right distance away and presto life will spontaneously appear.
A number of government and private organizations popped up to track down these aliens. They organized into a group called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. But Metaxas points out it has been a colossal failure and they have found nothing. In fact, the US government pulled its funding for the project in 1993, but it still continues on with private money.
“What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.”
One of these parameters is a planet like Jupiter living in the neighborhood. Jupiter is 1,300 times bigger than earth and because of it immense gravitational pull serves as the earth’s protector drawing away tens of thousands of asteroids that would have pummeled the earth.
Metaxas states “Today, there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life — every single one of which must must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart.”
Another one of those parameters not mentioned by Metasas is the Van Allen Belt. Discovered in 1958 it is made up of two massive swaths of radiation circling the earth about 11,000 miles up.
In 2012, a space craft sent into the belt discovered within the belt there was an invisible barrier blocking dangerous electrons from bombarding the earth.
Comparing it to a Star Trek force field, University of Colorado Professor Daniel Baker said:
‘It’s almost like these electrons are running into a glass wall in space. It’s an extremely puzzling phenomenon.’
They also discovered when there was increased electron activity, the Van Allen Belt actually expands to counter the growing bombardment.
Metaxas says as scientists study our universe’s complexity they are realizing what happened on earth was a miracle. He cited a number of their comments but I enjoyed the quote by astronomer Fred Hoyle who confessed “his atheism was ‘greatly shaken.'”
“a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”
Sometime back I wrote an article on a documentary called “Human Universe.” Produced by the England’s BBC, it features Professor Brian Cox who stated that he does not believe in Aliens because what happened on earth was so incredible, so miraculous, it could not be repeated.
Cox stated, “There is only one advance technological civilization in this galaxy and there has only ever been one– and that’s us. We are unique….We still struggle to understand how this happened [life on earth]. It’s incredibly unusual.”
After Metaxas wrote his WSJ article, atheists predictably lined up with their responses. Letters-to-the-editor flooded in including one from atheist Richard Dawkins. Creation Moments cites one letter written by prominent atheist Lawrence Krause. In response to Metaxas’s article, he wrote:
“The appearance of design of life on earth is overwhelming, but we now understand, thanks to Charles Darwin, that the appearance of design is not the same thing as design.”
I call it the “atheist delusion.” To paraphrase what he is saying, if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, one must conclude it is NOT a duck.
Yet, despite no scientific evidence, surveys reveal the majority of atheists believe in aliens. So while claiming they can’t believe in God because of a lack of evidence, they nevertheless still believe in aliens without any evidence, revealing that their God unbelief is not about the science.
This is exactly what the Apostle Paul wrote about in Romans. Despite all the blustering and the denials, in the end because of creation, atheists and the rest of us will be without excuse:
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 NASV)