I’ve written about this subject a few years ago, but as I read Ancient Philosophy by Gordon H. Clark today, I came across the following section dealing with the Stoics, who were ancient materialists and their belief in divination. I post this to reemphasize how absurd it is for the materialist to object to speaking serpents, seas splitting, leper being healed, and dead men being resurrected. If materialism is true, then, ironically, everything is possible.
There was a second science [in addition to the science of medicine] – it was generally considered to be a science at that time – which more directly impelled the Stoics toward determinism: the science of divination. The Stoics, like Aristotle, tried to justify so far as possible the common opinions of their contemporary civilization, and divination was a practice ingrained in the political and religious life of the age. Now upon one basis, and apparently one basis only, is divination possible. If all the realities and events of the universe are joined together in a bond of sympathy, then the condition of the entrails of a bird is strictly related to the outcome of tomorrow’s battle. Though the bird is not the cause of tomorrow’s victory, still, in a rational universe, if there are given conditions in one place, only definite set of facts can occur in another place. A sufficient knowledge of the natural connection of things, therefore, will permit the foretelling of the future from an examination of the present. Theoretically this is as unobjectionable as astronomy.
–Ancient Philosophy, (The Trinity Foundation: Tennessee, 1997), 226-227.
Soli Deo Gloria.