For the next few months I’m going to pause the Letters to my Children and instead pen letters to people who have walked away from Jesus and His church. While these letters are written to a generic audience of people who have left the church, most will be written with a particular person in mind … in hopes that they will think seriously about where they stand.

Dear friend,

For months now you have referred to Christians as illogical. You condemn the belief in God because you say it’s irrational and unscientific to believe in something you cannot see. Yet, in making this proclamation you neglect to realize that the design and complexity that allow you to make such an argument. Without a brain to formulate thoughts and without muscles to pen those thoughts you would be unable to wage war against God.

Have you ever stopped to honestly consider the complexity and design that must be present for you to reject God? Consider what all must be present just for you to be able to vocalize your atheistic beliefs. Think about the muscles that must be present to control your vocal chords. Then consider that nerves must innervate each one of those muscles in order to contract properly.

Also, making sounds by themselves is not enough. You must also be able to mentally arrange language together so that others can understand what you are saying. You must be able to use the alphabet to form words and comprehend the meaning of those words—all the while the rest of your bodily functions continue to work (i.e., respiration, circulation, digestion, etc.). You state that a belief in God is illogical but in forming words and using speech you overlook the design that God placed in the human body.

In his book, Eve Spoke: Human Language and Human Evolution, evolutionist Philip Lieberman admitted: “Speech is so essential to our concept of intelligence that its possession is virtually equated with being human. Animals who talk are human, because what sets us apart from other animals is the “gift” of speech” (1998). Your ability to argue and claim a belief in God is illogical is hinged around your ability to use language—which is not found in other animals. In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, editors Jones, Martin, and Pilbeam conceded that “there are no non-human languages,” and then went on to observe that “language is an adaptation unique to humans, and yet the nature of its uniqueness and its biological basis are notoriously difficult to define” (P. 128, 1999, emp. added).

So where did language and the ability to speak come from? Why haven’t other creatures “evolved” this useful style of communication? In his book, The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain, Terrance Deacon noted:

“In this context, then, consider the case of human language. It is one of the most distinctive behavioral adaptations on the planet. Languages evolved in only one species, in only one way, without precedent, except in the most general sense. And the differences between languages and all other natural modes of communicating are vast” (p. 25, 1997).

Is it logical to believe that only one creature would “evolve” such a useful tool? What events transpired that have allowed humans to speak, while animals remain silent? Having dissected literally hundreds of human cadavers, I can speak boldly on the design of the larynx and vocal folds. I have witnessed first hand these small but efficient muscles that raise or lower the pitch in a person’s voice. This evidence cannot be denied or passed over. Design demands a Designer! The human body, the Universe, and all the complexities of the Earth point to an Intelligent Designer.

The statistical odds of man living in a place where the composition of the air, atmospheric pressure, gravity, heat, stability, etc. happening by chance are beyond measure. As NASA astronomer John O’Keefe explained: “We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures … . If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in” (1995, p. 200). Dr. O’Keefe realizes the impossibility of things happening as the result of some cosmological accident. But he is not alone.

Physicist Frank Tipler put it this way: “When I began my career as a cosmologist some twenty years ago, I was a convinced atheist. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that one day I would be writing a book purporting to show that the central claims of Judeo-Christian theology are in fact true, that these claims are straightforward deductions of the laws of physics as we now understand them. I have been forced into these conclusions by the inexorable logic of my own special branch of physics” (1994, Preface).

An honest evaluation reveals the evidence points towards a creation by an Intelligent Designer. Paul Davies admitted: “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all … . It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe …. The impression of design is overwhelming” (1988, p. 203, emp. added). I hope you will think on these things. Until next time, I continue to pray for you.