As a quick primer, please read this comment. In it, Andy Bird suggests that — given a Darwinian origin of man — we “don’t have to accept [meaninglessness] as conscious beings.”
On the one hand, Mr. Bird wants to teach that the existence of man is owed to evolutionary processes.
On the other hand, Mr. Bird does not want to accept the nihilism which is inherent in Darwinian theory and says that we do not have to accept it, that we are free to invent meaning and to cling to it.
Or, to look at it another way:
On the one hand, Mr. Bird embraces science.
On the other hand, Mr. Bird embraces irrationalism.
If everything is meaningless and all existence is owed to a singularity which somehow one day just happened to explode into several gajillion tons of matter and untold amounts of energy … if all of existence comes down to that, the only value anything can have is that which must be given to it by, well, us.
But we would be meaningless as well; can a meaningless entity ascribe meaning to something else? To itself?
Any meaning clung to by those who believe in a wholly natural Darwinian origin of man is vanity. Indeed, they are deceiving themselves if they think that anything — themselves, their friends, their children, family, and so on — has meaning. And I thought the religious were supposed to be the crazies.
Wonderfully, I know that there is meaning. I know that I, as a human, have untold value and worth, simply by virtue of the fact that I was made in God’s image. Apart from Him, I am meaningless — I’m a bunch of clay and dust, not really amounting to much of anything — but God values us. And because He exists, I know that every little thing I do will have some meaning in eternity.
If believing in a God who invites us to “taste” Him to see whether He is good or not, who acts upon our hearts, and who opens our eyes to so much more than before we believed … if all that is a crutch, then how much more of a crutch is imagined meaning, clung to only to help those through life who reject God but are unable to come to grips with the nihilism which must ultimately be grappled with.