A secular Jew, DAVID BERLINSKI nonetheless delivers a biting DEFENSE of RELIGIOUS THOUGHT.
This author has spent his career writing about mathematics and the sciences.
David Berlinski turns the scientific community’s cherished SKEPTICISM back on itself, DARING to ASK and ANSWER some rather:
Has anyone provided a PROOF of GOD’s INEXISTENCE? Not even close.
Has quantum cosmology EXPLAINED the EMERGENCE of the UNIVERSE or WHY IT IS HERE? Not even close.
Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be FINE-TUNED to ALLOW for the existence of life? Not even close.
Are physicists and biologists willing to BELIEVE in ANYTHING so long as it is NOT religious thought? Close enough.
Has RATIONALISM in moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is GOOD, what is RIGHT, and what is MORAL? Not close enough.
Has SECULARISM in the TERRIBLE twentieth century been a FORCE FOR GOOD? Not even close to being close.
Is there a narrow and OPPRESSIVE ORTHODOXY of thought and opinion WITHIN the SCIENCES? Close enough.
Does anything in the sciences or in their philosophy justify the claim that RELIGIOUS BELIEF is IR-RATIONAL? Not even ballpark.
Is SCIENTIFIC ATHEISM a FRIVOLOUS EXERCISE in INTELLECTUAL CONTEMPT? Dead on.
“CREATION” or “EVOLUTION”?
WHAT EXACTLY DOES the “EVIDENCE” EXPLAIN?
The “EMPIRICAL” (observable) and PHILOSOPHIC (opinion) –
“SCIENCE” vs “SCIENTISM”
“The OFFSPRING THAT LEAVE THE MOST OFFSPRING SURVIVE” DOES NOT EXPLAIN ANYTHING” – it is a TAUTOLOGY (circular reasoning)
The STATEMENT that HUMANITY ‘EVOLVED” from FISH IS NOT IMPRESSIVE UNLESS YOU SHOW HOW, IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED
“TELL ME ANYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT ‘EVOLUTION'”
RANDOM ACCIDENT VS “INTELLIGENT DESIGN”
QUESTIONS – SKEPTICISM – “FUNDAMENTALISM” ???
Phillip E. Johnson: “IF WE ARE ALL HONEST, the ORIGIN and VARIETY of LIFE is STILL an ‘UNSOLVED MYSTERY”!