We watched and heard the impressive evidence that the earth is a fine tuned machine. Weather and climate in every area of the globe affect and are affected by weather and climate in every other area of the globe. We both commented on how these matters showed the wisdom and evidence of a Creator/Designer.
And yet I'm told that Atheism is based on a lack of evidence for God. No evidence! Zip! Nada!
Excuse me, but it would seem to me that the burden of proof lies with those who would have us believe that somehow all of this simply happened -- that there is a design without a designer. But I'll back away from demanding that; I'd simply ask my Atheist friend(s) to reconsider the assertion that there is a lack of evidence and consider instead in what direction the evidence points.
I should note that belief or unbelief in God is not a matter of intelligence or lack of the same. Brilliant people could be quoted on either side of the question. However, it seems to me that this idea is a card often played by Atheists (and sometimes also by Theists). One of the problems of quoting the learned opinions of brilliant people is that they occasionally change sides. And there is the old saying (I forget the source) that the trouble with a clever argument is that it is always at the mercy of a cleverer argument.
Having made the above assertion, I still believe there is a place for the following statements, made by reasonably intelligent persons who did examine the evidence.
Anthony Flew, philosopher and former well-known Atheist, author of more than 30 books, "I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence. I believe that this universe's intricate laws manifest what scientists have called the Mind of God. I believe that life and reproduction originate in a divine Source.
Why do I believe this, given that I expounded and defended atheism for more than a half century? The short answer is this: this is the world picture, as I see it, that has emerged from modern science. Science spotlights three dimensions of nature that point to God. The first is the fact that nature obeys laws. The second is the dimension of life, of intelligently organized and purpose-driven beings, which arose from matter. The third is the very existence of nature. But it is not science alone that has guided me. I have also been helped by a renewed study of the classical philosophical arguments." (There Is
No A God, 2007, pages
Francis S. Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project, currently Director of the National Institutes of Health: "In this modern era of cosmology, evolution, and the human genome, is there still the possibility of a richly satisfying harmony between the scientific and spiritual worldviews? I answer with a resounding yes! In my view, there is no conflict in being a rigorous scientist and a person who believes in a God who takes a personal interest in each one of us." (The Language of God, 2006, pages 5, 6.)
Hugh Ross, Ph. D., astrophysicist. "All of the scientific and historical evidences I had collected deeply rooted my confidence in the veracity of the Bible and convinced me that the Creator had indeed communicated through this holy book. I went on to become an astronomer, and my investigations into both the cosmos and the Bible have shown me a more wondrous, personal God behind nature than I could ever have imagined." (The Creator and the Cosmos, 1993, page 17.)
I quote these men, not as authorities, but as themselves a demonstration that there is evidence that points to a Creator and that there are some who have examined the evidence and come to the conclusion that there is a God.
"The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims His handiwork."