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“Stuck in the Late 19th Century”: Andrew Klavan, Stephen Meyer on Scientific Atheism

David Klinghoffer
Photo: Andrew Klavan, by Embutler, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

Stephen Meyer was on The Andrew Klavan Show to talk about Return of the God Hypothesis. Klavan observes that atheism hasn’t yet made the transition from the 20th to the 21st century. Meyer gently differs, offering that it is really “stuck in the late 19th century,” with Darwin and Marx. Freud comes along a little later, of course. However, the three are largely responsible for elaborating the outlook that sought to replace the Western theistic view with a system of thought that, in its own way, answered fundamental questions about human origins, the human future, and what to do about the persistent sense of human guilt. in his book, Meyer shows how scientifically outdated that atheist picture of reality truly is.

Klavan is persuaded. He and and Meyer were both impressed by the candor of atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel, cited in Meyer’s work, who praises theorists of intelligent design but prefers not to follow where they go. Why? Because as Nagel explains, he doesn’t want there to be a design behind nature. That is quite the admission. Other atheists, including atheist scientists, are not as honest with themselves, or as candid with their audiences. This very interesting conversation starts at about 1:08 over at The Daily Wire.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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