(p. 426). But we should come to the
realisation that there is nothing else:
“Illusions can be pleasant, but the
rewards of truth are enormously greater”
(p. 427). This is a reference to those
who think that there is more to life
than matter—there isn’t and once you
wake up to the truth you can make your
Life is just a product of this universe, and its special, low-entropy
initial state. Everything flows from that
and our current scientific knowledge
indicates that there is nothing more
than the material existence. There is
no God, no soul, no life after death,
and ultimately there is no purpose. The
only purpose is what you make of your
In the last chapter, the author
describes his own Christian experience
of attending an Episcopal church—a
“brand of Episcopalianism … as
mellow as churchgoing gets”. There
he describes his transformation from
being a ‘casual believer’ to naturalism.
He writes of two incidents that converted him. One was his realisation
that the liturgy of his church was not
decided by God when it was rearranged so that there was less standing
and kneeling. Yet he says at that
point he was still a believer. Then he
attended a Catholic University as an
undergraduate astronomy major. From
that education he understood how the
universe worked, presumably being
taught from a big bang, evolution
worldview and not from a biblical
creation perspective. Such Catholic
education is atheistic at its core. The
only difference is they teach Roman
Catholic theology and ethics.
But from his own writings, it is
clear that Carroll never knew Jesus
Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He
never understood what Christ had
done on the cross nor its links to
the events of the historical creation
account in the Garden of Eden. He was
a professing believer in name only who
gave up that label after he heard a song
with an atheist message: “Don’t need
the word/Now that you’ve heard/Don’t
be afraid/Man is man-made.” From
that time on, he claims that he realised
it was okay to be a non-believer.
The irony is two-fold. One, he
never believed as a real Christian—a
transformed life in Christ. Maybe he
believed on the level of believing
some story as history. (I even know,
first hand, an atheist who calls himself
a Christian—culturally he sees himself
that way.) Secondly, Carroll now thinks
he is a non-believer, but actually he
just shifted his faith, such as it was,
over to another belief system. And that
belief system is squarely where Satan
would have the whole world. If he can
get you to believe that the universe
created itself, then he can get you to
deny Christ and the One who died for
the sins of the world.
But this story highlights the importance of teaching our children and
students the whole truth about big
bang cosmic evolution, abiogenesis
(naturalistic origin of life from chemicals) and Darwinian evolution, the
goo-to-you type that allegedly built
microbiologists out of microbes over
4 billion years.
1. An exhaustive detailed review by Dr Hartnett
of the book may be read in 11 parts on
BibleScienceForum.com or downloaded as a
single PDF document ( tiny.cc/minany).
information storage system. He offers
up the usual RNA World scenarios.
But because he has nothing to offer
as real direct observational evidence of
novel structures spontaneously forming
in an organism he has to write this:
“We’ve speculated that DNA came
from RNA, which in turn may have
self-catalyzed its own production
under the right circumstances. It’s
possible that the creation of the first
RNA molecule involved random
fluctuations at critical points along
the way. Boltzmann taught us that
entropy usually increases, but there
is always some probability that it
will occasionally move downward
[emphases added]” (p. 275).
It comes down to speculation and
storytelling, not science.
Eventually his thesis gets into
complexity of the brain and consciousness, but admits that modern
science has not a lot to say yet about
understanding the origin of consciousness. Philosophically and scientifically he is convinced that the soul
does not exist apart from matter. And
as a result, consciousness is merely a
product of the brain, which ceases to
exist when the body dies.
He advocates living your life
believing that there is nothing beyond
the grave. And because he says there
is no creator, he offers his own 10
considerations (in contrast to God’s
1. Life isn’t forever.
2. Desire is built into life.
3. What matters is what matters
4. We can always do better.
5. It pays to listen.
6. There is no natural way to be.
7. It takes all kinds.
8. The universe is in our hands.
9. We can do better than happiness.
10. Reality guides us.
He comes out with typical man-can-solve-his-own-problems statements:
“It’s up to us to make wise choices and
shape the world to be a better place”