Certainly. And Leon Wieseltier sets out to explain how in his scathing review of Alex Rosenberg's book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions:
Is there a god? No. What is the nature of reality? What physics says it is. What is the purpose of the universe? There is none. What is the meaning of life? Ditto. Why am I here? Just dumb luck. Is there a soul? Is it immortal? Are you kidding? Is there free will? Not a chance! What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is
abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything
else you don’t like forbidden, permissible, or sometimes obligatory? Anything goes. What is love, and how can I find it? Love is the solution to a strategic interaction problem. Don’t look for it; it will find you when you need it. Does history have any meaning or purpose?It’s
full of sound and fury, but signifies nothing.” I take this
cutting-edge wisdom from the worst book of the year, a shallow and
supercilious thing called The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions,
by Alex Rosenberg, a philosopher of science at Duke University. The
book is a catechism for people who believe they have emancipated
themselves from catechisms. The faith that it dogmatically expounds is
scientism. It is a fine example of how the religion of science can turn
an intelligent man into a fool.
Preach it! Read the entire review on the New Republic website (ht: CF).
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