On a speaking trip, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was asked to explain why he doesn’t believe in atheistic evolution. The asker was dumbfounded that Zacharias, an extremely intellectual professor actually did not believe in the “findings” of atheistic evolution. A worthwhile note: “there is a lot of evidence for microevolution but hardly any to substantiate the claims of macroevolution [atheistic evolution].”
When asked if he believed in atheistic evolution, Zacharias responded, “If you’re telling me that matter has caused mind, I don’t believe it.”
After inquiring if the asker believed in atheistic evolution and receiving the affirmative, Zacharias responded with a simple yet profound question: “Tell me something, do you believe time plus matter plus chance has produced your brain?” After a pregnant silent pause between the two of them—the man unable or unwilling to answer, we do not know—Zacharias explained that time is an understandable element of the equation, one that all people can wrap their minds around. As is matter. However, the issue Zacharias takes with the belief in atheistic evolution is that no one truly knows what the chance part of the equation is actually comprised of: “I really don’t know what chance means to you … I’ve read books on chance, on the philosophy fo chance … but frankly, I’ve come to the conclusion that chance is just a catchword to explain what you don’t understand … if I were to ask you to show me chance we can’t stand at the window together and you say, ‘there goes chance.’ See, chance doesn’t have a body … it doesn’t have power … frankly, I believe chance is nothing. Chance is no-thing … and just in case you don’t know what nothing means Aristotle defined nothing as ‘that which rocks dream about.’ ”
This statement forced the man to finally affirm that he did indeed believe that time plus matter plus chance produced his brain. Zacharias responded, “If time plus matter plus chance has created your brain than truth as an absolute category can no longer exist. Because truth by nature is absolute [fixed—doesn’t change] … time is changing, matter is changing, chance—whatever it is—is changing … you never get time, matter and chance remaining the same. If time plus matter plus chance has created your brain, then truth as an absolute category no longer exists.” The man again said that he believed this statement to be correct. He did not believe that absolute truth could or did exist.
Zacharias than asked, “If that is correct, how do you know it is true that time plus matter plus chance has created your brain?”
The man responded, “Let’s get up and go—my field is science, not philosophy.” But Zacharias couldn’t let him off that easy, “If I looked at you and said, ‘my field is theology, not science,’ you reserve the right to laugh at me. But when you look at me and say ‘my field is science, not philosophy’ I’m supposed to accept that as some brilliant response … maybe you should read Einstein who said ‘the problem with us scientists is that we are very poor philosophers.’ And somewhere in the foundations of science and somewhere in the foundations of mathematics and somewhere in the foundations of physics and chemistry and geology and theology… At the foundation of all of these systems are some philosophical assumptions which you cannot deny. To deny them is to assert them, and when you assert them you prove them. And you cannot deny it without asserting it.”