Atheism needs evolution

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Does evolution ‘fall out’ of the facts?

By Calvin Smith

The question of origins (where did everything come from) has only two possible answers. Either the universe arose by itself or it didn’t. If it did then some sort of cosmic evolution must have taken place to account for reality. If it didn’t then there must be a Creator. There is no third option.

Many people seem convinced that the theory of evolution is based on an analysis of brute facts that clearly prove evolution has been a real process throughout history. As arch-evolutionist Richard Dawkins said:

[Y]ou have got millions and millions of pieces of evidence which no reasonable person can possibly dispute.

However, every person has an ultimate starting point of belief about the question of origins, a presupposition that is simply accepted as true without proof, or an axiom. Even if one says that their ultimate starting belief is the result of the analysis of a collection of facts that lead them to that ultimate starting position, it remains that at the root of their belief system they will always have a starting point that cannot be supported further.

Evolutionist Michael Ruse admitted as much when he stated:

[E]volution, akin to religion, involves making certain a priori or metaphysical assumptions, which at some level cannot be proven empirically.

As an abstract example, if one says “I believe ‘A’”, and someone else asks “Why?” and the responder says “Because of ‘B’”, they cannot keep doing so forever (infinite regress). One can run the full length of the alphabet so to speak (because of ‘C’, because of ‘D’ etc) but sooner or later one will have to stop and say “I believe it because I believe it”. You will ultimately arrive at a place where you cannot justify that belief with any other belief—otherwise that other belief becomes the ‘ultimate’ belief.

Once someone has adopted a specific starting point, all other data will usually be processed through that ‘filter’, providing them with their worldview…