I heard an interview with Rabbi Moshe Averick yesterday about his book
Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist
The essential purpose of the book is to demonstrate the abject intellectual poverty of atheism and of its modern proponents. The atheistic arguments are actually a leap of faith while the argument for the existence of God is rational.
No matter what is true or untrue in the theory of evolution, science does not even attempt to explain the origin of life and this is the critically important question. When we see the incredible complexity of even an amoeba we must come to the obvious conclusion that creation came about by intelligent design. And in that intelligent design is a mind that wants us to exist.
What moved him to write is that the evidence of intelligent design is not a theoretical question. It is because the atheistic stance is very dangerous. If men are equal because we are all worms and equally devoid of significance, there is nothing to stop people from crushing other people like so many bugs.
But there is human consciousness, something animals get along very well without. Science cannot explain consciousness. People need a purpose and meaning to life and they need to transcend the material level. The sense that life has no value and no purpose leads to depression, substance abuse and violence.
Well, good morning, folks. This is exactly what Viktor Frankl said when he created his therapeutic approach called logotherapy. Can anyone explain to me why in the world logotherapy is not the most known and prevalently embraced form of therapy, when it is the only one that works with the human striving for purpose and meaning in life?!
Look at the crisis in Japan. Are they just so many bugs being washed away by a tsunami or is this tragic loss of human life? What makes us conscious that every human life is valuable?
Rabbi Averick explained that he did not write the book to promote one particular religious system or another. He is not interested in telling the person what to do with his life. But if it leads the person to search he will have fulfilled his purpose in writing.
Once a person understands that there is intelligent design of the universe, that man has consciousness and moreover that there’s a reason he was created and he is in the image of God this sets the person off in search of a meaning and purpose to his existence.
A human being is not a more sophisticated form of amoeba. Rabbi Averick writes: “For the believer, racism is “stupid” because all human beings are created in the image of God; all stand equal before their infinitely powerful Creator. The intrinsic value of a human being derives from his relationship to God and is not predicated on his physical and mental abilities and certainly not the color of his skin. For the atheist, however, racism is “stupid” not because of some noble notion of the brotherhood of all men, but because of the absolute insignificance of all men, no matter what their race or color.”
He continues, “American Democracy is built on the premise (as stated in the Declaration of Independence) that “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This makes perfect sense to me because I believe that all men are created in the image of God, and all men stand equal before their infinite Creator.”
In contrast to believers, Rabbi Averick furthermore says, “What would be the intellectually honest reaction of an atheist to this statement in the Declaration of Independence? Not only are men not created equal, they are not created at all. We are only here because, “one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs.” Not only are men not endowed with unalienable rights, there is no creator to endow them with any inherent rights whatsoever. In Darwinian terms, as described above, we are a kind of glorified tuna fish. What inherent rights does a tuna have? (The right to be picked by Star Kist?)…”
He points out the atheistic statement of Freud as follows: “Sigmund Freud wrote, ‘The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence.'”
I can only add: Viktor Frankl wrote, “Self-transcendence is the essence of existence. Being human is directed to something other than itself. Man is reaching out for, and actually reaching, finally attaining, the world – a world, that is, which is replete with other beings to encounter, and meanings to fulfill.”