In the preface to the first edition of the book The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions, after addressing the fact that he’s a secular Jew whose “religious education did not take,” who “barely remembers a word of Hebrew” and “cannot pray,” and after addressing the content of the book as a “defense of religious thought and sentiment,” with biblical verses being the “least of it,” David Berlinski, a mathematician and philosopher, makes the following striking statement: “A defense is needed because none has been forthcoming. The discussion has been ceded to men who regard religious belief with frivolous contempt.”
This statement summarizes the sad state of our current reality. Every person, in every role in society, has a responsibility toward serving the Truth. This is most especially true for academia and academics of faith. However, in reality, Catholic academia and academics have, overall, failed miserably at upholding the dignity and integrity of the academic vocation, of being the mind and source of true education of society, from inside and outside of the Church.
On the one hand, we have atheist scientists/academics who care nothing about seeing the immensity of God in their findings and make no hesitation in being open, militant, and on the offensive. However, on the other side, contributing to the absence of defense, is what appears to be an arrogance that has infiltrated many Catholic circles, including Catholic academia. This arrogance often appears to be based on a misguided logic that because we are on the “right side” (meaning on the side of Truth), we need to make little effort toward ensuring the highest level of integrity and rigor of the work that is being done.