Famed evolutionary biologist and avowed atheist Richard Dawkins stated that “Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
Clearly as a Christian I would contest such a definition of faith. However, it is important to note that regardless of how it is defined, even naturalistic worldviews take some things on faith.
In fact, even an atheistic worldview is forced to place faith in the miraculous.
For the purposes of this discussion, we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process.
Consider the following four miracles which must be accepted by the atheist in spite of scientific evidence to the contrary:
Getting Something from Nothing
There has never been an observed example where something was created from nothing. No person would attempt to build something without materials, and there is no theory outside Big Bang cosmology which reaches this conclusion without ridicule from the scientific community
Getting Life from Non-Life
Even if naturalistic causes could have created the universe, it would still be necessary for non-living material to become living. This is also an unproven (and impossible) feat which must be accepted when denying the existence of God.
Getting Order from Chaos
Personal observation tells us that all things tend towards disorder, not order. Left to themselves buildings crumble, gardens are taken over by weeds, and living material decays. If unguided natural causes produced the universe (from nothing) and produced life (from non-life) these processes would necessarily go against observed scientific principles in order to produce the complexity, beauty, and order that we observe in the world around us.
Getting the Immaterial from Physical Matter
If nothing was able to produce everything, non-life was able to produce life, and chaos was able to produce order the atheistic worldview would still encounter an insurmountable obstacle. No matter how organized, it is impossible for physical material to produce the immaterial realities of human consciousness. Our morality, beliefs, desires and preferences all exist outside of mere physical matter.
Each of these examples go against the natural order and could be labeled as miracles. Naturalistic worldviews such as atheism, evolution, and neo-Darwinism regard this evidence for God with what Dawkins would certainly consider an unscientific approach: each item must be taken on faith.
With God it is very logical to conclude that He who created all things can work within His creation as He pleases. Scripture is replete with examples of such miraculous interactions and the Genesis account of creation certainly addresses the above four points.
By sharing this information with others we can help to demonstrate that even an atheistic worldview takes portions of its belief system on faith. It can be particularly helpful when needing to deflect undue criticism that Christianity requires its adherents to hold to blind faith despite evidence to the contrary.
In fact, it is theism which is able to explain these miraculous occurrences in a satisfactory and logically consistent manner.