How do we get minds from matter? How do we get volitional agents from non-volitional matter in a closed-system? How do we go from slime to the sublime?
Simple. We emerge. Emergence is a great all-purpose explanation. Take two parts H, one part O, mix them together, and voila, you've got the emergent property of "wetness"!
Materialists rely on the concept of emergence to explain the sublime -- things like consciousness, will, mind, etc. emerging from the slime of unconscious matter by purely natural, uncreated processes. And they do so, apparently, without a flicker of second-thought. From dust to us!
Here's emergence illustrated.
Take strips of imprinted cellulose, a projector, a bulb, some electricity, a sound system, and a white screen. Not much going on here. No sound or motion -- just objects on a table.
But, let these elements "self-organize", flick the switch, and, voila, gloriously large images and sounds of people, places, and events emerge on the screen before your dazzled eyes.
I will leave it to the reader to figure out what is wrong with this analogy -- and the concept of emergence itself, when used as a "proof" of either materialism, atheism, or darwinism.
And that's the way the self-organizing Ball emerges.