Christian apologetics is a branch of theology that attempts to rationalize the existence of God through philosophical, historical, and science-based arguments. According to Bethinking.org, the apologetics movement began around second century AD. With a history dating back to classical antiquity, one would think the evidence presented by Christians would be concise. However, one would be wrong. Seldom is the Christian argument rooted in rationality or clarity. Instead, the listener embarks on a journey of mental gymnastics, slithering through proofs meant to be intentionally complex but fold easily under the critical lens of a skeptic.
When bored, I find myself lurking around the Christian parts of the Internet in an attempt to step out of my atheistic echo chamber. This is how I stumbled upon Inspired Walk, a YouTube channel dedicated to “teaching, equipping, and inspiring you to be more like Jesus Christ.” I knew I had found a goldmine, and the first video I clicked did not disappoint. During the next three minutes, the apologist on screen posed 10 questions that he stated an atheist could not answer. Over the course of the next few weeks, my intention is to work through the list and answer each to the best of my ability. Let’s begin with this week’s question:
- Does science answer everything?
No, of course not. The thrill of science is the pursuit of truth. Humanity has an inquisitive appetite, and it’s not one that can be satiated. When one question is answered, we’ll always have another one appear. However, the gaps in our knowledge do not present a concrete teleological argument for the existence of a god. As science continues to cut through the falsities of our world, the space between what we know and what we don’t is shrinking. Science is slowly squeezing out any chance of a god of the gaps.