A couple of weeks ago I proposed that physicists have essentially stumbled onto the existence of some form of “super”natural reality, and that their discoveries tip the balance of evidence in favor of the existence of a God. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan at The Dish, I found a piece from Walter Russell Mead that sums up very eloquently what that sort of belief in God actually means:
Like [the late Christopher] Hitchens, religious believers look at values like justice and truth and find them to be compelling in their own right. That power is real. But theists also think these values point beyond themselves and tell us something about the way the world is made. The concept of justice isn’t just a product of our evolutionary upbringing, a flicker of sensation in our synapses that points to nothing beyond our conditioning or our genes. Justice claims to be a real value, objectively rooted in something beyond human perception, a legitimate demand on our consciences based on the nature of reality. Theists don’t think that this is a lie.
For theists, the universe isn’t just a place with scattered bits of meaning in it. Meaning isn’t decoration or illusion, a subjective human response to hardwired stimuli in our brains or grace notes that accompany us on our meaningless way through the dark void. Existentialists and others who believe that the universe is ultimately meaningless but who still choose to act as if meaning was real are among the moral heroes of the world, but theists think there is more to life than the brave but doomed affirmation of meaningless ideals in the face of an idiot, uncaring universe.
I highly recommend the whole article. Great Sunday read.