Sunday, October 22, 2006

Stephen Barr on Richard Dawkin's God Delusion

Barr reviews Dawkins latest book over at First Things and saves me the burden of haing to read it.

More evidence to me the argument between evolutionists and ID is between people who never made it past Calculus.
As one moves deeper into nature—to levels about which the natural historian and zoologist can tell us nothing—one encounters not less and less form but increasingly magnificent mathematical structures, structures so profound that even the greatest mathematicians are having difficulty understanding them. This is what Pope Benedict was referring to in his Regensburg lecture when he spoke of “the mathematical structure of matter, its intrinsic rationality, . . . the Platonic element in the modern understanding of nature.” It is what the great mathematician Hermann Weyl meant when he said, “[I]n our knowledge of physical nature we have penetrated so far that we can obtain a vision of the flawless harmony which is in conformity with sublime reason.” It is what the great astrophysicist James Jeans meant when he said, “The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.”

At the foundations of the natural world, we do not find merely slime or dust or some dull insensate stuff. We find ideas of sublime beauty. Dawkins looks at mind and sees atoms in motion. Physicists look at those atoms, and deep below those atoms, and see—or, at least, some of them have seen—the products of “sublime reason,” “a great thought,” a Mind.

In other words, in nature we see a different arrow: It moves from Mind to ideas and forms, and from ideas and forms to matter. In the beginning was the Logos, St. John tells us, and the Logos was God.


The Emerson Avenger said...

The product of "sublime reason," "a great thought," a Mind.

Unfortunately some U*Us have labeled me as a "crazy" "psychotic" "nutcase" for saying so. . .

The Emerson Avenger said...

Oops. I forgot to mention that this U*U anti-religious intolerance and bigotry, that was perpetrated by Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal and some like-minded "Humanist" U*Us was not only condoned but even effectively endorsed by not only the Board and Congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, but also (former) UUA President Rev. John Beuhrens, the Executive of the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee under the directorships of Rev. Diane Miller and Rev. David Hubner, and rather to many other U*U clergy and lay people throughout the U*U World.