Most people that I know do not recognize the name, David Berlinski. If you happen to know who he is, you certainly are a broad thinker. Dr. Berlinski has a Ph.D., from Princeton University and has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and France. He is the bestselling author of such books as A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm, and Newton’s Gift. A senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle and a former fellow at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France. Dr. Berlinski writes frequently for Commentary, among other journals. He lives in Paris.
But let Dr. Berlinski introduce himself as he wants the reader to know him. He writes: “I am a secular Jew. My religious education did not take. I can barely remember a word of Hebrew. I cannot pray. I have spent more years than I care to remember in studying mathematics and writing about sciences. Yet the book that follows is in some sense a defense of religious thought and sentiment. Biblical verses are the least of it.”
Dr. Berlinski goes on to say, “A defense is needed because none has been forthcoming. The discussion has been ceded to men who regard religious belief with frivolous contempt. Their books have in recent years poured from every press, and although differing widely in their style, they are identical in their message: Because scientific theories are true, religious beliefs must be false. One such writer conveyed the point by entitling an essay, ‘Science Must Destroy Religion.’ His call to jihad cannot be long delayed.”
Berlinski continues: “No scientific theory touches on the mysteries that the religious tradition addresses. A person asking why their days are short and full of suffering is not disposed to turn to algebraic quantum field theory for the answer. The answers that prominent scientific scholars have offered are remarkable in their shallowness. The hypothesis that we are nothing more than cosmic accidents has been widely accepted by the scientific community.” Many such scientists think that in their articles of scientific faith it declares that individuals with such advanced confidence in their scientific theories have been chosen and equipped by nature to face realities the rest of us cannot bear to contemplate. Says Berlinski, there is not the slightest reason to think this is true.
Berlinski then concludes that science has nothing of value to offer on the great and arching questions of life, death, love, and meaning, what the religious traditions of mankind have said forms a more coherent body of thought than anything they have published. The yearnings of the human soul are not in vain. There is a system of belief adequate to handle the complexity of experience. There is recompense for suffering. A principle beyond selfishness is at work in the cosmos. In the end, all will turn out well.
Through his experience in the underbelly of science Berlinski has discovered that a great many men and women have a dull, hurt, angry sense of being oppressed by the sciences. They are frustrated by endless scientific boasting in the absence of evidence for what they claim to be real. These champions of faith suspect that as an institution, the scientific community holds them in contempt. They feel no little distaste for those speaking in its name. They have every right to feel this way. It is for this very reason that Dr. Berlinski wrote his book.
While recalling listening to Dr. Berlinski share his personal testimony about his recognition that science has no right to tell religion it has no place among intelligent human beings. But let’s make a simple comparison. In all the centuries of scientific experimentation and the formation of various theories they still have not come up with any acceptable explanation of how did we got here; why are we here; and where are we headed? When you humbly offer what the Scriptures have to say, they laugh in derision and ask how could you believe such myths and fables? What they don’t realize is that their myths and fables are a lot less believable.
So the next time you meet a die-hard evolutionist, simply ask the same question no matter what explanation they may give you for their theory. And that question is, “Where did that come from?” In other words, if they answer your question of where did the universe and solar system come from, and they say it resulted in an accidental collision of atoms, neutrons, electrons, and protons. Your question should be, “Where did that come from?” If they say that there was some unseen quantum force in deep space that gave birth to these particles, then ask again, “Where did that come from?” So no matter how many such suppositions and conjectures they may come up with, eventually they will say they don’t know. But much to their surprise, the answer to all of these questions was answered by the Bible thousands of years ago. For in the very first verse it says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Dr. Robert R Seyda