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a Letter to "Common Sense Science"

F. Earle Fox

[COMMENT:   The following was an email (slightly edited) I sent to David Bergman, one of the researchers at Common Sense Science after having read his article, Conflict of Atomism and Creation-Science in History (go to http://www.commonsensescience.org/newsletter.html).  He responded, offering to include the letter in their next journal issue.       E. Fox] 

 

Dear Dr. Bergman,

I just read your article, Conflict of Atomism and Creation-Science in History [FOSN Vol. 14, Num. 4, Nov. 2011], which, to say the least, astonished me. I finished my doctoral thesis at Oxford in 1964, with the title, Personality, Empiricism, & God (PEG). It turned into my own rendition of the cosmological argument for God, which I think is locked in. I did a little bit with implications for relativity and quantum theory, but my math was not sufficient to do much. Nevertheless I came away quite skeptical about the matter because the whole thing seemed to me to violate, as you point out, both the laws of non-contradiction and of sufficient cause.

I am an Anglican priest, and went off in other directions, but over the years have retuned to my thesis for publication. The text is ready, but it needs still an index and a few other things. I was not directly involved in philosophy of scientific discussions over these years, and had naively assumed that the sciences would remain more or less immune to the intellectual collapse which was so evident in the humanities. After all, was not science all about truth-seeking? (Well, of course, the humanities were also founded on that premise....) I cannot help but wonder how much of this degradation of science has been another project of the government centralizers to undermine our Biblical foundations so as to control western culture (as per Antonio Gramsci, et al).

A year or so ago, I ran into a website (which I cannot now find) which listed several philosophers of science who had expressed severe doubts as to whether science had given us the truth.  B. Russell was quoted as saying that science has failed us, that it does not, after all, give us the truth. I was startled then, but did not pursue the matter, thinking he has just had a bad day. But I kept wondering whether the sciences were holding firm on being honest truth-seekers, finding myself more and more skeptical with the secularists’ response to the Intelligent Design community. And then global warming…! a perfect example of “telling a convenient story” rather than “sticking to fact and logic”. The public rejection of such outright scam was heartening.

The truth is that science is as corrupted as religion, politics, commerce, etc. In a fallen world, why be surprised?

A friend recently introduced me to Common Sense Science, which led to my perusal of the website and your article. My astonishment was (1) that the sciences have been so heavily compromised by relativism, and many “scientists” have indeed ceased being scientists, and (2) that more and more Christians are actually beginning to recover their intellectual credibility.

I knew from my junior year at college that we can show as a logical fact that morality cannot be supported by any other than a Creator God, and that we would win the culture war because we could win the moral high ground—at least in ethical theory, but also in the public arena, by the grace of God, with our behavior. You can read that story at http://www.theroadtoemmaus.org/EM/ShpMl/Law&Grace/00Law&Grace.htm.  The Law & the Grace of God is a book about to be published, but available for perusal until then.

The text of PEG is basically finished, but requires an index and a few other finishing touches.  I think it provides the metaphysical undergirding for your project of Common Sense Science. As with The Law & the Grace of God, you can view it at http://www.theroadtoemmaus.org/EM/ShpM1PEG/00PEG.htm.  If you would be interested, I will print a copy and send it to you for your perusal.

Blessings, Earle Fox

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Date Posted - 11/28/2011   -   Date Last Edited - 07/07/2012