Suppose with me for a moment. Suppose that about fifteen nano-seconds after the Big Bang all the trillion-plex trillions of atoms all joined hands together, forming their molecules, and then they all ran pell mell down the corridors of the space/time continuum, making history as they went.
Some scientists think they all yelled whee! but I myself suspect it was something more like arghh! The question is hard to determine because apart from a few staff writers at National Geographic, nobody was there really.
What is not hard to determine is what this would entail, if true. It would entail John Lennon being a certified moonbeam. Go over his famous Imagine with a thoughtful eye and ear, and the only thing that makes any sense whatever would be the chord changes. But if, as he avers, the only thing above us is sky, then the chord changes making sense . . . doesn’t make sense.
Without transcendent reality, we don’t just lose transcendent reality. We lose everything down here as well. Without transcendentals, nothing coheres, nothing binds, nothing sticks. And you can’t go down to your shop in the basement and work up a transcendent reality to help get you by. I’m looking at you, Sartre. They have to be fixed, immutable, given. They have to be grounded in the character and nature of God.
A blind concourse of atoms, even when massaged by mysterious forces called natural laws and convenient processes like natural selection, cannot produce the kind of world we actually live in. They can produce the kind of world that carbon-based lust-bundles wished they lived in. Given all this materialism, the next natural step is some form of unsupported blind leap existentialism. And the central existentialist dictum — that existence precedes essence — means that anyone with a will (what’s that, by the way?) can impose that will on the plastic nature of reality around. Thus it is, though being a man, Bruce Jenner can self-identify as a woman, Rachel Dolezal, whiter than the pope’s knees, can self-identify as being black, and now, right on schedule, a 52-year-old transgender father self-identifies as a 6-year-old girl.
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