Do Atheist Scientists Know What they are Talking About?
Certain scientists, such as Lawrence Krauss, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Dawkins, have written about science and religion. In these writings, they frequently criticize those who believe in God, as well as religion in general. Instead of theism, these scientists espouse a worldview in which only the physical world exists (i.e. physicalism) and nothing supernatural occurs (i.e. naturalism). Unfortunately, they have rarely studied philosophy in any depth and therefore lack the training required to address these philosophical issues in a responsible and convincing manner. Quite often they are so uninformed of developments in philosophy that they don’t even realize how poor their arguments are. Ironically though, they criticize religious believers for being illogical and failing to study the evidence.
This sentiment is not simply the conclusion of religious individuals but also of atheist philosophers who specialize in the field. For example, Dr. Quentin Smith, a professional atheist philosopher, explains that many of these scientists are so ignorant that they do not even realize their ignorance.
An extra problem with naturalist [i.e. atheist] scientists is that they are so innocent of any understanding of the philosophy of religion that they do not even know that they are innocent of this understanding, as it [sic] witnessed by their popular writings on science and religion.
Quentin Smith, “Metaphilosophy of Naturalism,” Philo: A Journal of Philosophy 4, no. 2, accessed August 6, 2020, http://pages.citebite.com/n1h9t7u0y1pya.