Kate/ July 9, 2018/ Apologetics & Logic, Uncategorized/ 4 comments

David Berlinski quote

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 irrational?

Not even ballpark.

Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt?

Dead on.

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

 

4 Comments

  1. “Has anyone provided a proof of God’s inexistence?”

    That is placing the cart before the horse, I’m still waiting on proof of the existence of a god. The rest of the questions appears to be an appeal to the god of the gaps.

    1. Hi David. 🙂

      I’d recommend the following data/resources for your digestion:

      https://www.reasonablefaith.org/videos/debates

      That aside, David Berlinski is an agnostic. He is challenging scientific atheism’s common closedness in its claims that God’s inexistence is proven, evident, or a certain thing.

      He’s not making an argument from ignorance (“Because science has not proven God’s inexistence, therefore God’s existence is proven”).

      God’s existence has been made evident through many media, including science and the world and universe it studies.

      1. Thank you for your response… I’m not necessarily an “Evolutionist” so your God vs. Evolution videos do not address my question to you. I wonder if you have read the comments associated with those videos….

        Science does not set out to prove or disprove the existence of a god therefore the default answer is not “therefore God’s existence is proven. Again, that seems to go along the slippery slope of the ‘god of the gaps’.

        If a gods existence has been made evident via media, science, world and universe..et al … Then this would be a big piece of news.. Why haven’t I heard of it? Why are there so many who have read the news unaware of this evidence? Why are there still atheists? Buddhists? Agnostics? Why are there so many different religions who have different definitions of a god? Belief is not evidence.

        1. Hi David, thank you for your questions. 🙂

          What is your worldview? You said you’re not necessarily an evolutionist. Do you not agree with the premise of evolution as an explanation for the existence of life?

          https://youtu.be/LRZaBLQJ_ag

          Technically, science cannot prove anything. However, the marvels themselves which are revealed by and through science are testaments to the existence of God.

          The marvels visible with the naked eye are also testaments to His power and divine nature.

          This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. – Sir Isaac Newton

          “The divine reveals itself in the physical world.” – Albert Einstein

          “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man.” – Albert Einstein

          I was actually saying that Berlinski was not making a claim that science can prove or disprove the existence of God. My understanding is that Berlinski takes the position that science is more limited in this arena (proving/disproving God) than it often purports to be.

          By “media” I meant more the general usage of “plural of ‘medium'” (those media, in this case, being the discoveries we’ve made through science, the wonders of the universe…). Media = Conduits through which God’s existence is made evident. Wasn’t referring to news media. 🙂

          Atheists exist because God is inconvenient. We want to be our own gods. C.S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”

          Hell is not, however, a “fun” place (even though many choose it), because no place can be good, pleasurable, or beautiful apart from the life and sustaining power of God. Right now – on this planet – atheists and theists alike enjoy the goodness of God. Even Hitler enjoyed the kindness of God (life, breath, good food to eat, etc.). God is kind and patient even to those who scorn and scoff at Him. But a day of justice will come. Those who insult and reject God’s Son Jesus Christ are making the choice to live apart from God’s sustaining hand of life for eternity. And they are making the choice to bear the consequence of their own guilt, because they did not repent (turn their backs to sin and turn toward God) and accept the free gift of covering for their sins through His Son.

          I’m a sinner, you’re a sinner. We’ve both broken God’s law. We’re both guilty. Theft (even of something small, like a piece of gum from a sibling), lying (even a white lie), and idolatry (including creating a “loving but not just, righteous, and holy” God to suit our tastes, or being our own gods) are enough to make us guilty before a perfect and holy God.

          God is a good and just judge and must punish all sin (He wouldn’t be a good and just judge if He didn’t do so). But Jesus paid the fine for you and me, so we can leave the courtroom without a sentence, if we’ll repent (acknowledge our wickedness and desire to turn from it and towards God), and believe in Jesus Christ.

          “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”

          That was written long before the invention of evolution.

          I’m writing all this not to annoy you, or because I think you’ll enjoy hearing it or that I will be perceived as more likable for doing so (on the contrary, this message tends to be an unpopular one and render the messenger unpopular), but because I deeply care about you. I’m not sharing this message so you’ll “become religious” and have a “pleasant, comfortable fantasy” about the afterlife. 🙂 I’m sharing this because I really don’t want you to make a decision you’ll eternally regret – the decision to reject God and Jesus His Son. Please feel free to poke around on my blog. I’ve made several posts pertaining to evidence for the death/resurrection of Jesus and the existence of God. (Check out the “Apologetics & Logic” category as well as Who Was Jesus?)

          “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

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