kNOw God, kNOw M.V.P. (Meaning, Value, Purpose)

On the night of the 2018 NBA Awards, I wrote the following Facebook Post based on one of the first chapters in William Lane Craig’s excellent book, On Guard. In a later comment, I also posted a link to a great, animated video by Dr. Craig on the topic, which you can see below, as well.


Who should be the M.V.P.? LeBron? KD? Harden? Does it matter…? Is there really any M.V.P.? Meaning, Value, or Purpose in life?

Oxford evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, writes: “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”1

Over the years, many other prominent atheists (Camus, Sarte, Nietzsche) have concurred that if there is no God, life is absurd.

  • Since we are products of blind natural forces, we have no ultimate purpose.
  • Since randomness does not result in objective moral values and obligations, there is no objective right or wrong.
  • And since everything and everyone that has and ever will exist — like the universe itself — is doomed to destruction, nothing we do in our lives will have any ultimate significance

…unless there is a God.

For if there is a God, everything we do in life may have eternal significance — (M)eaning. God is the standard for objective right and wrong — (V)alue, and God has created us for a (P)urpose.

God da the real M.V.P.


As i stated in a later comment, This is no proof of the existence of God, just a clarification of the alternative: ““the bare, valueless fact of existence” (Sartre).2

As Craig explains (and Tim Keller makes a similar point in Making Sense of God), if the evidence for theism (belief in God) and atheism (belief in no god) were equal, given the dire logical ramifications of atheism, wouldn’t one want God to exist?

As many apologists affirm, many objections to theism  are moral or volitional issues masquerading as intellectual ones. Many simply do not want their to be a God.

It seems to be of the utmost importance, therefore, to illuminate the logical outworking of the alternative(s) — alternatives that not many would want.

Is There Meaning To Life? (Animated Video)

Sources

  1. Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden: a Darwinian View of Life (New York: Basic Books, 1996), 133 as quoted in Craig, William Lane. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (Kindle Locations 826-827). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.
  2. as quoted in Craig, Kindle Locations 513-523)
About @DannyScottonJr 148 Articles
Imperfect servant striving to be an unapologetically apologetic ambassador for Jesus the Christ. Princeton University Alum | Palmer Theological Seminary Student