Agnostic David Berlinski on science, religion, and meaning


“No scientific theory touches on the mysteries that the religious tradition addresses. A man asking why his 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 figures have offered are remarkable in their shallowness….While science has nothing of value to say on the great and aching questions of life, death, love, and meaning, what the religious traditions of mankind have said forms a coherent body of thought. The yearnings of the human soul are not in vain. There is a system of belief adequate to the complexity of experience. There is recompense for suffering. A principle beyond selfishness is at work in the cosmos. All will be well.


“I do not know whether any of this is true. I am certain that the scientific community does not know that it is false.”


—David Berlinski, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions


1 Comment

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I have been struggling through a season of deep doubt in my lifelong faith and this truly revived my spirits this morning.

    I should say that I am a regular reader of your blog and yet rarely comment as I should. Thank you for your thoughtful writing- keep it up!