Many Christians look at our universe, and especially life on planet Earth, and come to the conclusion that what we see is “irreducible complexity.” In the Christian view, the complexity of our universe and life on earth requires an intelligent creator to bring everything into existence. A Christian might say:
“Look at how amazing and complex life is. Look at how intricate the human eye is, and the human brain. There is no way that the human eye and the human brain arose spontaneously from the mud. In the same way that a watch cannot appear without a watchmaker, there is no way that all this complexity arose without an intelligent creator.”
So, we have a question that demands an answer:
Did the complexity of life arise spontaneously, or did it require a creator?
Christians believe that a creator is essential. Scientists believe that the idea of a “creator” is pure mythology, and that the complexity arose through natural processes like evolution. Who is right?
You can actually answer this question yourself with a little logic. Here are the two options:
- The complexity of life and the universe did arise completely spontaneously and without any intelligence. Nature created all the complexity we see today.
- An intelligent creator created all of the complexity that we see today because complexity requires intelligence to create it.
The advantage of the first option is that it is self-contained. The complexity arose spontaneously. No other explanation is required.
The problem with the second option is that it immediately creates an impossibility. If complexity cannot arise without intelligence, then we immediately must ask, “Who created the intelligent creator?” The creator could not spring into existence if complexity requires intelligence. Therefore, God is impossible.
In other words, by applying logic, we can prove that God is imaginary.