You all are in a medieval kingdom and happen to be standing at the bottom of a large and tall cliff. You all are doing this or that when suddenly, a giant boulder falls and roles down the almost vertical cliff from a height and location that nobody can immediately ascertain.
The ruler of the land also happened to witness this, and because he is considering starting a village in this area, he would like to know exactly how this boulder fell.
The purpose of this exercise is to consider how you would go about determining what caused the boulder to fall. You should state how you would determine this, what methodologies you would think prudent in determining this. You should try and determine what specific things you would need to study, and how you would go about organizing them in a way that you can arrive at a more accurate determination of exactly what caused the boulder to fall. You may use whatever knowledge and resources you can possibly drum up to help you in considering the ways you would go about solving this problem.
There is only one rule, you cannot say or try and determine if someone caused it to fall.
Now outside of this hypothetical place, I will tell you how the boulder fell because knowing it is insignificant to the exercise. The you in the hypothetical kingdom world still does not know how it fell. The boulder actually fell because somebody caused it to fall somehow for reasons that are unimportant to the question of how the boulder fell.
And now the only rule you must obey in this, is no matter the evidence, no matter the possibility, no matter the speculation, you absolutely cannot speculate on the presumption that it was caused to fall by anyone. You must find out how it fell absent any intelligence that caused it to fall.
As you’re doing this, I encourage you to speculate on all the possibilities other than someone causing it to fall.
So, how would you determine this?
I know that some of you are already wondering how are you to answer a question that is condemned to be false.
Well this is how modern science works. It does not matter the possibility, the plausibility, or even if it were actually true, Science Today is conducted on the a most fundamental assumption that God has nothing to do with causing anything.
Now to my purpose in all of this. The whole point of this exercise is to illustrate all of the potential theories and very real plausibilities that can be derived from researching and reading the evidence and other things that could have very well have played a role in causing that boulder to fall. The fact is, you will never know that it was a person who pushed that boulder because you cannot look into the possibility of that actually being the case just like modern science today cannot look into God being a possibility in anything scientists research.
With the boulder that fell, inevitably, a popular consensus will be presumed, perhaps even considered proven as to how the boulder fell, but the truth of how it actually fell will never come to light because that possibility is not allowed to be considered. And in today’s scientific community, not only is it not allowed to be considered, but that consideration and any science done that is indicative of it is shunned and dismissed to remain only as an entry in some scientific journal, and their researcher’s ostracized and removed from their former places of research and learning.
Do you see my point yet? Even if the science pointed to God, the scientist is still forced to take an avenue of research in explaining it that does not point to God. And this, your trust in that science is ultimately why you have decided that God does not exist. I’m not even debating right now whether or not any science we have currently is actually indicative of their being no God, but instead I am illustrating that no matter what, our science today cannot possibly be indicative of a God because we always practice it on the fundamental assumption that God has nothing to do with it.
Atheists, here’s a question for you. What if a Creationist wrote a disquisition and no one read it?