Emergence, as a perceptual surprise, can’t explain the mind because emergence presupposes the mind.
What is it that we are most sure of? It’s a fundamental question, the object of philosophical analysis for millennia.
Of the various questions raised in the theist/atheist debate, here’s one that has, I believe, occasioned more witless commentary than any other.
Materialism is an impoverished perspective on nature, and it creates, rather than solves, problems in metaphysics and science.
Materialism isn’t really a metaphysical theory. It’s just a mistake. It’s a woefully inadequate understanding of nature.