Mar 30, 2017
As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a scientist. He'd written a book about the origin of the universe and wanted everyone to know that this particular story doesn't require anyone to believe in the existence of God.
On the contrary, he said, from the start "the molecules" possessed a built-in dynamism that moved them to organize themselves into systems of ever greater complexity. Let those molecules do their thing long enough, and – voila! – the universe.
As I listened, a question formed in my mind: "And where, eminent sir, did the molecules come from?"
Naïve? Perhaps. But consider the naiveté of the scientist's remark. It was typical of the pronouncements on spiritual matters made rather often these days by people – by no means always scientists – who purportedly speak with the support of "science."