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Posted April 30, 2013
It seems that certain members of the scientific community today are engaged in the revival of the pseudo-science campaign of two hundred years agp, named after the misguided and discredited Baron Paul Henri d'Holbach and his radical Enlightenment campaign to discredit religion by the use of science. Unfortunately, he built his case on a current fad called "spontaneous generation" and is known now chiefly for a vicious and almost hilarious book called "The System of Nature", with the most outlandish appeals to scientfic myths that somehow caught hi fancy.
Victor Stenger, along wih a small number of members of the scientific community, has picked up the anti-religious baton of Baron d'Holbach and has come up with conclusions identical to those of the disgraced Baron, using Science as his foil, actuallly claiming with ringing conviction that Science shas discredited religion, ny twists and turns that lead, not to any valid scientific conclusion, but (could you guess?) to atheism and to tehe denial of God.
As if the example of the Baron were not enough, he steps into the shoes of the "discoverers" of Piltdown Man and the Cardiff Monster, declaring that the fabric of the visible universe is structurally atheistl, since there is no empirical evidence that God exists, at least none that he can discern.
No one seems to have told him that Science only gives you more science and that empirical science onlly ghives you more empirical science, and that he has to go OUTSIDE the visible universe, and not with his senses (telescope or microscope), but with his reason.
The book is a disaster, not in its science, but in its unwarranted,biased, arbitrary, pre-fabricated and totally subjective conclusions - in the style and manner of our dear Baron d'Holbach. Stengter's "System of Science' cannot be questioned, but his system of reasoning is lost in an entanglement of merely Secondary Causes that prove nothing and go nowhere.
What is most evident in his books are his constant, intense and flagrant religious sbogotry, and his attemt to give it a scientific foundation. That, to me, is a betrayal of Science itself, and black eye to the scientific profession.
As a defense of Atheism, it is not worth the paper it is printed on, and as an attack on religion, it is a total failure. As an example of atheist propaganda, it is a bit of a masterpiece, as long as you accept his thesis that Science leads essentiallly to Atheism and that attacking religion in the name of Science is a legitimate scientific activity.
Father Clifford Stevens
Boys Town, Nebraska
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