David Berlinski is a secular Jewish scientist and author. Below is the blurb of his book, “The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions”
“Has anyone provided proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close.
Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close.
Have our sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close.
Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough.
Has rationalism and moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral? Not close enough.
Has secularism in the terrible 20th century been a force for good? Not even close, to being close.
Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy in the sciences? Close enough.
Does anything in the sciences or their philosophy justify the claim that religious belief is irrational? Not even in the ball park.
Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt?
Here is his testimony
Hi Peter, Heather,
Queensland is about to decriminalise abortion. Interestingly, it is still a crime to have an abortion in Queensland and in NSW. They are proposing legalising abortion whereby women are able to procure an abortion up to 22 weeks. Abortions after 22 weeks require the consent of two doctors. The bill will be introduced into Parliament today and it is expected to be debated until the end of the year.
It is interesting that the earliest surviving premature baby was 22 weeks gestation! Here is a picture of the baby 22 weeks old.
Below is a copy of a letter I sent, two days ago, to each of the 93 MPs in Queensland. It is the first of several letters I will send over the next few months, each emphasizing a different pro-life perspective. I have already received some positive replies.
Dear Member of Parliament
It is important, as you consider liberalising Queensland’s abortion laws, that you give due consideration to the following two points and the recommendation that follows:
(1) If you accept the argument that a woman has the right to control her body, then she deserves this right no matter where she lives, even if she’s still living inside her mother’s womb.
(2) From the instant you were conceived, nothing has been added to that single cell that you once were, from that point on until the day you die, except for two things: food and oxygen. At no stage in your development were you more or less human than you are now. You never were a potential human being, you were, and are always, a human being with potential.
Recommendation: That every woman seeking an abortion have a mandatory ultrasound prior to the proposed abortion. In addition, pictures of the development of the baby in the womb be presented to her without the influence, positive or negative, from a third party. This will allow her to make to decision with greater awareness of the actions she is about to undertake.
Thank you for considering these points in the important decisions that you will make on our behalf.
Elanora, Currumbin Electorate, QLD
The experience in the US, regarding women having to undergo an ultra-sound and look at pictures of the child at various stages of gestation, before going ahead with an abortion has had a significant impact in women changing their minds.