Now a month after the fact, cosmologist and “skeptic” Lawrence Krauss has made another attempt at damage control in the wake of that wildly popular Christmas Day article by Eric Metaxas in the Wall Street Journal. The Metaxas essay, which went viral, argued that science increasingly makes the case for God. The first try by Dr. Krauss was obviously rushed, and wasn’t published by the WSJ, though the Richard Dawkins Foundation did post it on their website. His current and much more mature effort appears in The New Yorker (“No, Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God”).
To put Krauss’s comments in context, he has been a vociferous critic of any idea suggestive of intelligent design, and so his feigned surprise at the arguments in the Metaxas article isn’t very convincing. His own recent book, A Universe from Nothing, is interesting in that he ultimately equivocates on the meaning of “nothing,” settling on a definition that is not the kind of nothing from which theists posit that the universe came. In replying to Eric Metaxas, he adopts a tone of disdain and condescension, continuing to emphasize that Metaxas
Maybe Krauss owns the rights to that tone.
For the record, Dr. Krauss brought up religion, not me. Curiously, his certainty about the assured end of the (definitely flat) universe and the end of science as part of the preceding Tribulation evoked fundamentalist Bible camps. Later, Dr. Krauss expanded on this “misunderstood, or mis-represented” theme elsewhere, whereupon the moderator replied, defending my reputation as a journalist. Golly, you don’t get many bouquets in this business. But when people slam you for hearing both sides, you are certainly headed in the right direction.
Guess a guy can’t be too zealous in defending his trademark.
But how much is the trademark worth?
And is this guy worth his fees any more? You decide.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).
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