A copy/paste from Uncommon Decent, What Steven Weinberg’s “pointless universe” really meant
Explained by a science journalist:
As science and religion began to go their separate ways—a process that accelerated with the work of Darwin—science became secular. “The elimination of God-talk from scientific discourse,” writes historian Jon Roberts, “constitutes the defining feature of modern science.” Weinberg would have agreed. As he told an audience in 1999: “One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from that accomplishment.”Dan Falk, “Learning to Live in Steven Weinberg’s Pointless Universe” at Scientific American
What it really meant was permission to ignore the significance of the fine-tuning of the universe and of Earth for life. It really amounts to saying that evidence does not matter any more.
That was a big one and Steven Weinberg had a lot of help making it work.
See also: What becomes of science when the evidence does not matter?
Christians are specifically forbidden from going down that road, to insist that the evidence does not matter anymore.
That way lies sin and lawlessness, madness and death.
The fact that the solid majority of Western intellectuals do, actually, agree that the universe is pointless merely means that they have chosen the tomb over the working field, that they desire death more than life.
Dying, increasingly insane cultures, detached from reality and uncaring about the evidence (or truth for that matter) are a distasteful annoyance, and not a real threat to the Kingdom of God.
We must continue to remain attached to reality, to understand that the evidence actually does matter, to live and grow, and help others live and grow too.
We have a Kingdom to expand.
The Kingdom of God… the God of the Living, the God of Truth.
And not a man-made, man-pleasing idol, created to prop up pleasing delusions and ease the road of the spiritually dead into the grave, into hell, into the Lake of Fire.