The Devil's Delusion; Atheism and Its Scientific Pertensions by David Berlinski

This book wasn't an easy read for me. Although I am very interested in the subject, I found the book hard to keep interest in. I think mostly because the author does a good job of explaining what the Atheist think and how they try to explain their positions; that is good, but to be honest it got boring. The author does bring up some very good points and the book is certainly worth reading, even if it isn't a book that is hard to put down.

The author talks about the idea that "there is no absolute truth," and asks; is that statement always true? If it is then it is an absolute truth, making the statement incorrect. And if it isn't then why should we listen to the statement in the first place? His larger discussion is how the people (Atheist) try to discredit God and how their arguments are also full of hypocrisy. They say things like if God created the Universe then how created Him? Yet they will claim that the universe came about by itself, but their own work shows that there had to be a cause and that cause had to have a cause, etc... So their own theory has the same problem they try to put on creation; what came before...

I also found that although the Atheist came up with the Big Bang theory, they don't like it, because it shows that their was a start of everything and as stated before the beginning had to have a cause, which puts them way too close to a creator for their own liking.

Book Description:

Militant atheism is on the rise. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have dominated bestseller lists with books denigrating religious belief as dangerous foolishness. And these authors are merely the leading edge of a far larger movement–one that now includes much of the scientific community.

"The attack on traditional religious thought," writes David Berlinski in The Devil's Delusion, "marks the consolidation in our time of science as the single system of belief in which rational men and women might place their faith, and if not their faith, then certainly their devotion."

A secular Jew, Berlinski nonetheless delivers a biting defense of religious thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the sciences, he turns the scientific community's cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions:

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.

Berlinski does not dismiss the achievements of western science. The great physical theories, he observes, are among the treasures of the human race. But they do nothing to answer the questions that religion asks, and they fail to offer a coherent description of the cosmos or the methods by which it might be investigated.

This brilliant, incisive, and funny book explores the limits of science and the pretensions of those who insist it can be–indeed must be–the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world and ourselves.

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