Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Ron. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Evolution fills our nation’s textbooks. Its various spin-off theories dominate academic life wherever “origins” are discussed.
That’s horrible! Then he says:
“Special Creation”, “In the Beginning, God Created” is ridiculed in academia [Gasp!] and those that defend it are treated rudely by the professional atheist class as they explain not only how something appeared from nothing, but why you’re a buffoon for thinking that God could create from nothing and they aren’t because they say that matter with no “past eternity” has always existed and that life can spring forth in all its complexities spontaneously. You’re ridiculous and ignoring facts and they aren’t?
This is an outrage! What can be done about it? Ron tells us:
Time for all to read the “Devil’s Delusion”, subtitle; “Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions.” Author David Berlinski is a brilliant mathematician and thinker who is a secular Jew and only enters the discussion because of the excesses in the modern atheist movement (creation without a creator).
Berlinski? Ah yes, he’s a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” Wikipedia has a write-up on him: David Berlinski, and here’s the listing for his book at Amazon: The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. We don’t know how he arranged it, but it was published on April First, back in 2008.
We haven’t written much about Berlinski, but we posted this last year: The Best Discoveroid Podcast Ever Made. Let’s return to Ron’s letter:
He asks specific questions of the atheistic/scientific? community.
What follows is a long list of questions that Berlinski asks, presumably in his book, The Devil’s Delusion, each one followed by an answer, but we can’t tell if it’s Berlinski’s answer or Ron’s. Probably both. Here are some of those questions:
Has anyone provided a proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close.
That’s gotta be the dumbest question ever asked. One could ask the same thing about Zeus, the tooth fairy, or the Cosmic Aardvark. Let’s move on to the next questions:
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.
Great stuff, huh? The brilliant questions continue:
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 20th 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.
Only two more questions remain:
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.
Amazing, huh? Ron wraps it up with this:
The book is challenging, funny at times and shows that for all the pretentiousness of modern academia, they exist on a foundation of sand.
There you have it, dear reader. Science — especially evolution — is believed in and taught by fools! Isn’t it time you accepted The Truth™?
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