I am reading a book called The Physics of Immortality by Frank Tipler and came across this quote from famous Physicist Steven Weinberg. I wanted to see other people’s thoughts on this.
Religious liberals are in one sense even farther in spirit from scientists than are fundamentalists and other religious conservatives. At least the conservatives like the scientists tell you that they believe in what they believe in because it is true, rather than because it makes them good or happy. Many religious liberals today seem to think that different people can believe in different mutually exclusive things without any of them being wrong, as long as their beliefs ‘work for them.’ This one believe in… heaven and hell, [that one] believes in the extinction of the soul at death, but no one can be said to be wrong as long as everyone gets a satisfying spiritual, rush from what they believe… [W]e are surrounded by ‘piety without content.’… I happen to think that the religious conservatives are wrong in what they believe, but at least they have not forgotten what it means to really believe in something. The religious liberals seem to me to be not even wrong.
On the one hand, it stikes me as correct — nail on the head correct — in understanding the incoherence of the liberal religious position.
On the other hand, it’s almost like Weinberg doesn’t see that a statment like his is based on the assumption that truth matters, and thus should have established why the truth matters before it was stated. The liberal religious position here being attacked makes perfect sense if you are starting with the assumption that the truth has no significance.