Bright Stars & Moral Laws

The skeptic philosopher Immanuel Kant famously said, ““Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” These two things, the starry heavens and the moral law, are persistent witnesses to the existence and glory of God.

At least that’s what the Apostle Paul communicates in the opening chapters of the book of Romans. God’s invisible attributes, his eternal power and his divine nature, are clearly seen, Paul says, through the created world. And as much as some think they can silence them and suppress their message, like Immanuel Kant, they may find that resistance is futile. The stars, and our guilty hearts, keep screaming for attention.

This reality is illustrated in the recent LifeWay study that shows that most Americans, including a large number of the nonreligious, see the fine-tuning of the universe and the existence of morality as best explained by a transcendent source. According to their summary, seventy-nine percent of the general population believes that the reality of human existence implies a creator. While the numbers are lower among those unaffiliated with religious traditions, they are shockingly higher than I would have expected. “More than 4 in 10 of the nonreligious believe physics and humanity point to a creator,” according to LifeWay Research. “A third say human morality indicates a creator who defines right and wrong.”

The starry heavens and the moral law refuse to be muted, so it seems. They are speaking the glory of God. May we have ears to listen.