At least the cat is out of the bag …

One of the most frustrating things to me in the evolution / creation debate is the rare admission of ideological and philosophical biases behind the so-called, unbiased scientists.  I read an article from the 2002 June / July issue of the journal First Things that had a couple of quotes that I found refreshing in their honesty.  The article, "The Second Tablet Project" was written by J. Budziszewski (Buda-chef-ski), associate professor of Government and Philosophy at the Univ. of Texas-Austin; in the article he argued that finding a basis for ethics and morals without God is futile and a self-deception.  In other words, living by or justifying behavior by the 2nd tablet of the Ten Commandments is hopeless without God.  In the article, he quotes two non-theists: Richard Lewontin, a Harvard biologist, and Thomas Nagel, a philosopher.  Bear with me, the quotes are a bit long …

The article cites Lewontin from the New York Review of Books from January 9, 1997, as saying, "Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism." … "Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door." The citation from Nagel is from his book, The Last Word, "I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn't just that I don't believe in God and, naturally, hope that I'm right in my belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want the universe to be like that." … "My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time …. Darwin enabled modern secular culture to heave a great collective sign of relief, by apparently providing a way to eliminate purpose, meaning, and design as fundamental features of the world."

Budziszewski observes: "If Nagel is right, then those who say that theism is a crutch have got it backwards. For our contemporary intellectual culture, it is atheism that serves as a crutch. It couldn't have been easy to admit that."  Amen … but at least it is refreshingly honest.

Published in: on April 22, 2006 at 3:53 am  Leave a Comment  

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