Posts Tagged ‘Ross Douthat’

A purposeless universe giving birth to purposefulness; isn’t it weird?

January 14, 2014

http://fidedubitandum.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/plug-the-confidence-of-jerry-coyne/

paarsurrey
January 14th, 2014 at 10:26 am
@ Arkenaten’s comments
Quoting your words:
“Coyne is probably correct in his assessment that the universe displays no purpose, but humans are not purposeless, and are able to create their own purpose ( if I have understood him correctly, from the piece).”.
A purposeless universe giving birth to humans who could create their own purposes isn’t it a weird concept?

Paarsurrey adds:

It is not only a meaningless concept but also a useless concept like Atheism.

I would like to quote here from Quran:

[23:113] God will say, ‘What number of years did you tarry in the earth?’
[23:114] They will say, ‘We tarried for a day or part of a day, but ask those who keep count.’
[23:115] He will say, ‘You tarried but a little, if only you knew!
[23:116] ‘Did you then think that We had created you without purpose, and that you would not be brought back to Us?’
[23:117] Exalted then be Allah, the True King. There is no God but He, the Lord of the Glorious Throne.

http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=23&verse=115

Plug: The Confidence of Jerry Coyne

January 14, 2014

Fide Dubitandum

Ross Douthat has been involved in an interchange with Jerry Coyne. I thought this comment was a very good response to the New Atheist position in general.

I tend to agree that, so long as Coyne and others continue to do exactly the things that Douthat accuses him of doing, their movement will do more to foster interest in religion than destroy it.

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