Atheism, the belief that condones the existence of God, has become increasingly popular in the last millennium and is the main contender against religion. Science has been the backbone of this radical movement and avid supporters explain their position using theories and laws created by man. These same people claim that religious philosophies operate solely on circular reasoning and argue that they cannot possibly be valid, but what if the same is true for science? What if it is all merely assumptions? What if society has been lied to by it’s own doctrines?
Exploring this idea, I wanted to take a look at the otaku symbol for atheism, which nobody will argue with me is Edward Elric, lead protagonist from Fullmetal Alchemist. He has experienced tragedy in his childhood such as an absent father, the death of his mother, and the loss of his younger brother’s body that has naturally turned his brain away from anything religion. Edward refuses to believe in a higher power that would cause so much turmoil in his life and inclines him to wholly depend upon Alchemy, the science in his world, as the answer to everything.
“Science will find a way. Science is the answer to everything. If I were you, I’d drop the scriptures and pick up an Alchemy book. We’re the closest things to gods there are.”
However, in placing all of his trust into Alchemy, Edward has unknowingly thrown himself into a vicious argument that holds no weight at all. The elements that exist in his world, the law of Equivalent Exchange that governs nature, and the Alchemic reactions that create matter are all based upon the assumption that science never changes and this is simply not true.
Atheists can be very unsettled because they know that science is an evolving field, which means that the rules that are known today may be untrue tomorrow. History proves this with the world being flat, ulcers caused by stress, stable continents, and many other misconceptions that were corrected over time. Point being that it either requires a ton of faith or pure stupidity to believe that science never changes. Albert Einstein says this best in a famous quote regarding the nature of science.
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”
Similarly, Edward Elric’s trust in science also leads him to another assumption that the universe, a singular space that holds creation in perfect harmony, is completely uniform and modern scientists would agree with him. Think of it as if our world was one giant moving robot with many different operations and that parts inside of this machine all worked together to make it function properly. As for the case of Fullmetal Alchemist, transmutation, Alchemy, and Equivalent Exchange all run in cooperation with each other, make logical sense and fall under the universe’s governing laws.
It is already known that we do not live in a multiverse because each fact would stand on it’s own without any connection or relation to another. Nothing could ever be organized and there would be no possible way to make sense of the world. Thus, science would cease to exist because the very definition depends upon a universe, a space with order and distinct behavior.
“Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”
No person has ever been to every point in time, analyzed every particle that was, is, and ever will be in existence to prove the uniformity of the universe, so how can atheists base their positions upon this assumption? Man cannot possibly have this knowledge and believing that they do is silly. Those who do attempt to use the uniformity of the universe as a proof of science base their position upon assumption and catch themselves into a circular argument that never ends.
This alone destroys all of atheism, any belief that rejects the existence of God, because the assumption of science never changing and uniformity of the universe actually point straight to Him. I would venture to informally say that science is religion, in the sense that atheists cling to it tightly to avoid any realization or confession of a God. They have so much faith in the “facts” that they do not know when really their creator is the one who holds all knowledge. Only a higher power can explain how these phenomenons occur, the things that cannot be explained by mankind.
Even Edward Elric discovered later in Fullmetal Alchemist after trying so desperately to create a Philosopher’s Stone that some things cannot be controlled by science; there are forces greater than ourselves at work in the universe.
“This portal… I know it contains every secret alchemy has to offer. However, it’s also lead me astray. I saw the truth that lies within it and I became convinced I could solve everything with alchemy. But I couldn’t possibly have been more wrong. That was just arrogance.”
What are your thoughts? Do you follow a certain religion or take the position of atheism? Let me know down in the comments and I’d love to talk with you!