In my essay here, paragwinn asks, “You’ve been quite prolific lately with these testimonials. What gives?”
Note the 136 comments at this writing, which eclipses most all recent posts by an order of magnitude. This is not an atypical consequence of my posts at UD.
So, what gives? What gives is a sea change in the history of science. For centuries it was thought by the “scientific” elite that materialism (i.e., chance and necessity) would eventually explain everything, and there was (what turned out to be ephemeral) evidence that this might be the case, as a result of the advancements of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries.
But something happened in the latter half of the 20th century. Suddenly, the science upon which a materialistic worldview depended was turned on its head. The fine-tuning of the laws of physics for the eventual production of living systems was elucidated, and the information-based nature of living systems was discovered.
Another commenter on the thread referenced above thought that I was somehow proud of my militant-atheistic past. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am hideously ashamed of it.
The reason for my passion is that reason and science liberated me from the nihilism of materialism. The irony is that a materialistic worldview is not only destructive of the human soul, it is destructive of legitimate scientific investigation.