Quotable – David Berlinski on Science, Meaning, and Purpose

“No scientific theory touches on the mysteries that the religious tradition addresses. A man asking why his days are short and full of suffering is not disposed to turn to algebraic quantum field theory for the answer. The answers that prominent scientific figures have offered are remarkable in their shallowness. The hypothesis that we are nothing more than cosmic accidents has been widely accepted by the scientific community. Figures as diverse as Bertrand Russell, Jacques Monod, Steven Weinberg, and Richard Dawkins have said it is so. It is an article of their faith, one advanced with the confidence of men convinced that nature has equipped them to face realities the rest of us cannot bear to contemplate. There is not the slightest reason to think this so.”

— David Berlinski, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, xvi

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2 thoughts on “Quotable – David Berlinski on Science, Meaning, and Purpose

  1. “The answers that prominent scientific figures have offered are remarkable in their shallowness. The hypothesis that we are nothing more than cosmic accidents has been widely accepted by the scientific community. Figures as diverse as Bertrand Russell, Jacques Monod, Steven Weinberg, and Richard Dawkins have said it is so.”

    Physicist John Wheeler has turned these arguments upside down, and rather than regarding mankind as an accidental afterthought in the cosmic scheme of things, he postulates that the universe may actually require our presence for its full development http://seanrobsville.blogspot.com/2009/10/participatory-anthropic-principle.html

    • Hi Sean,
      I think John Wheeler has a good point, but that this would only make sense if the universe were designed with us in mind, and I think it was. The fine-tuning of the cosmic constants that you mention in your blog post is good evidence that an Intelligence is behind our universe. I would go further and say that this Intelligence has revealed Himself through Scripture and through the person of Jesus Christ.

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