The claim I aim to rebut is that science forces us to conclude that life is accidental, purposeless, and doomed. The A Team In the vanguard are its Four Horsemen: neuroscientist Sam Harris, philosopher Daniel Dennett, zoologist Richard Dawkins, and lion of letters Christopher Hitchens.
Other notables in the New Atheist ranks include physicists Victor Stenger, Lawrence Krauss, and Sean Carroll, and biologist PZ Myers. They have been joined by the world’s best-known living scientist.
It is part of the destiny of the Universe ordained for you from the beginning.”-- Marcus Aurelius, Stoic Philosopher and Emperor of Rome, in Meditations, circa 170 CE“'He said that, did he? One is the drearily familiar set of religious fundamentalists. Concerning the fundamentalist position, my work is done.
What’s more, I am one of the lucky ones: I never struggled to let go of God.
My parents put religion behind them before I was born.
"I like you," they say in so many words, "but I need you to stand at 24.2992° N, 54.6973° E, until I give you a secret signal to move forward." We have all been on either side of that conversation in this never-ending reproduction of power plays passed down from your "ex push-and-pull affair."We live in a place that not only houses many religious minorities but also many shades of political belief.
We are left-wing, right-wing, religious, secular, laicite-on-steroids, progressive socialists, Islamists, Christian atheists, Muslim atheists, religious seculars, minority rights activists, civil rights activists..list goes on and on.
You enjoy the same music, you have similar politics (more on that later), and you adore his/her sense of humor. You add them on Facebook and you discover that you have at least 50 mutual friends. So you are left with a choice that flashes before you like the neon lights on Jal el Dib highway: take a chance on human-of-your-dreams apparent, and find yourself in an ugly cesspool of gossip somewhere in this tiny city (maybe two bars/sheesha places up the road from you), or..on to hopeless dating scenario number 2.
It all boils down to a condition that a friend of mine very cleverly coined: "Bade yeha w tfou 'aleya syndrome." She stares at you from the bar; you look back and flash a smile.Mental acrobatics ensue to forge a bridge between your two beliefs.You go on a few more dates and the sectarian/village bigotry that nearly all of us were raised with rears its ugly head.I tell you this not to boast but in hopes that you’ll take in my argument through fresh eyes. The conservation laws rule out ghosts who deploy photons to be visible, electromagnetic force to hurl objects, and kinetic wave energy to moan. Like La Place, we’ve no need for a Creator to explain how the world works.The science-religion debate has bogged down in trench warfare, and anyone foolhardy enough to leap into the middle risks getting cut down with no questions asked. But we might in searching for our ultimate origins.The trouble with the “New Atheist” position, as defined above, is this: it commits the fallacy of the excluded middle. But first, if you’ll pardon a brief diversion, I feel the need to hoist my flag.