with Karl Faase
Human beings are equipped with the ability to learn and reason. We can grasp logical laws and relationships, sense our surroundings, remember the past, and reflect on ourselves through introspection. How did these abilities originate?
The Bible insists that God created our minds and bodies for a purpose. He made us in His image so that, among other things, we could think like Him. Although sin affects even our mental lives, it does not obliterate our capacity for reason altogether. So Christianity accounts for the fact that our reasoning powers are generally, though not perfectly, reliable.
On the other hand, if atheism were correct, humans would be the byproducts of blind forces that had no intention to produce rational creatures. From evolutionary philosopher Daniel Dennett's perspective, "the human mind is something of a bag of tricks, cobbled together over the eons by the foresightless process of evolution by natural selection." But if our minds were not designed, why would we trust them? In a happenstance evolutionary world we would not expect our minds to guide us to truth.
As C.S. Lewis recognized, "If my own mind is a product of the irrational ... how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution?"•
Dennett, D., Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Viking, New York, NY, p. 107, 2006.
Lewis, C.S., Christian Reflections, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, p. 89, 1967.