Evolution fills our nation's textbooks. Its various spin-off theories dominate academic life wherever "origins" are discussed.

"Special Creation", "In the Beginning, God Created" is ridiculed in academia 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?

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).

He asks specific questions of the atheistic/scientific? community.

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 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.

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.

The book is challenging, funny at times and shows that for all the pretentiousness of modern academia, they exist on a foundation of sand.

Ron Hansen


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