It’s like comparing apples and the value of Pi

You know that cute little story about the atheist teacher and the christian kid–the one where the teacher says there is no God because he is not visually verifiable and the student rebuts with “you’ve never seen your brain so you must not have one.” Yes, that story. It doesn’t work. Please stop presenting it as some great apologetical accomplishment.

The presence of the teacher’s brain is physically verifiable in so many ways–we don’t even need to split his head open to look at it these days. The presence of the God in and by whom all things hold together–not so much so, at least not in that way.

If you would like a better example I can give you fifty without really working at it, but I’ll stick with the matter of mind–or the lack of matter and the mind.

The mind, my friends, is not physically verifiable. The brain and the mind are not one and the same thing. Mind is the ability for self awareness. Mind is the ability to think about thinking. Mind is tied up in the question “what is it that knows?”

Mind is ultimately what proves the necessity of faith to the existence of any reasonable position. Those who would pit faith and reason against one another know nothing of faith or reason. Total skepticism makes knowledge impossible. As Augustine said, “I believe in order to understand.” We must accept something on faith, even if it is the nature of our own existence. Otherwise we will end up like the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi who said, “Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”


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