The Point: Dan Brown Gets Corrected

Could science disprove God? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code,” made a bold claim in his most recent novel, “Origin” via a fictional version of a real-life MIT physicist, Jeremy England. England, in the book, claims to have discovered a principle that guides the origin and evolution of life and therefore makes God obsolete.

Unfortunately for Brown, the real-life Jeremy England just wrote in the Wall Street Journal that his real-life research does no such thing.

“The language of physics can be extremely useful in talking about the world,” he writes, “but it can never address everything that needs to be said about human life…I’m disappointed in my fictional self for being so blithely uninterested in what lies beyond the narrow confines of his technical field.”

The real Jeremy England believes God is not only real but is behind the physical processes he observes in the lab. You see, the idea that learning more effects could undermine the need for a First Cause is the stuff of fiction.


Dan Brown Can’t Cite Me to Disprove God
  • Jeremy England | Wall Street Journal | October 12, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “Unfortunately for Brown, the real-life Jeremy England just wrote in the Wall Street Journal that his real-life research does no such thing.”
    That os probably because Dan Brown writes fiction, not science.

    • Steve

      But he speaks through his fiction what he believes to be true.

      • Phoenix1977

        Really? I write urban fantasy novels in my free time and quite a few are about angels and demons. My work is historically and geographically correct but that doesn’t mean I believe angels and demons battle each other in the streets of New York City …

        • charlie

          Are you sure?

  • Zarm

    Well, Jeremy England is my new favorite celebrity-scientist. 🙂 Good on him for giving the glory to God, and recognizing (unlike so many these days) that understanding the wonders God made in no way negates the one who made them!

    (And also recognizing, unlike certain authors, the inherent fallacy in a ‘proof of a negative’ concept; science, by nature, is incapable of disproving something that, by nature, exists outside the mechanics it uses to test and the observable realm it requires as a medium to test in!)