Unsurprisingly, scientists are witnessing more attacks on their disciplines by religious fundamentalists who will never accept the fact that science is more suitable to explain the world than still-to-be-proven dogmas. This time, someone called Edward Feser, a member of the right-wing, catholic Witherspoon Institute, angrily attacks Lawrence Krauss, an astrophysicist – and a well-known, strident atheist as well. Feser implies that Krauss – and thereby science – should shut up because science could not answer some questions about our world whereas philosophy, according to Feser, could.
As surprising as it might sound, I fully agree with Feser when he states that science has no answer to why-related questions. Indeed, why there is an universe rather than nothing, why life has emerged on Earth despite the extremely low probability for this to occur, and whether there is a purpose with this universe are philosophical issues. Science can explain how things work, but definitely not why. Still, I always get on my guard when I hear such people arguing against science.