This week’s article is written by Dan Nickel, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
One of the fallacies people think is Christianity lacks intelligence and reason. They are mistaken. Christianity is an intellectually rigorous faith. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus advocates an intellectual pursuit and relationship with God, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The orderly design of the universe reflects intelligence and purpose. The elegant constancy and complex unity inherent in the cosmos cannot be possible without an intelligent Creator, which is to say God exists.
Since humankind is created by God and made in God’s image, a person’s mind reflects God’s immaterial mind as well. Each person is endowed with a mind. The universe displays a created order that leads to an individual’s natural inclination to pursue reason and objective truth. God’s divine creation of the mind led to the ability of humankind to discover and create mathematics, the sciences and the humanities, such as art and music.
The Christian worldview advocates a life of the mind based on the evidence of God’s general revelation. God is eternal with a non-material mind and created a universe steeped in the elegant beauty of unity and rational, natural laws including the laws of logic that lead to knowledge. The uniformity and regularity in nature we observe and experience are necessary for humankind to live a rational intelligent life leading to the discovery of the sciences and mathematics and our ever-increasing knowledge of the created universe.