Evidence Not Seen

The Arguments of AtheismWhen I read Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion, I took notes on the arguments I found most supportive to Dawkins’ position. I also noted those most reflective of the consequences of an atheistic worldview. Dawkins’ representation of God, along with his discussions of the improbability of creationism and the juvenile motivations for religion, all serve to illustrate his point that God is a delusion created by man to provide comfort in fear, to form a purpose for life and to explain the meaning of death. God, to Dawkins, is the product of an unenlightened mind. The atheistic mind is presented as one of “cool rationality”, careful view of the evidence and freedom from emotional baggage and bias (as discussed earlier). The following excerpts, accompanied by my notes, will serve to further illustrate the core values — or rather, the lack of — in the atheist worldview.

1. Dawkins’ thesis is entirely dependent first and foremost on the theory of evolution. Without this theory, he has no foundation for his beliefs. His logic is that:
“Creative intelligences, being evolved, necessarily arrive late in the universe, and therefore cannot be responsible for designing it.” (pg.31)
This is the inverse of creationism, which holds that a Designer — namely, God — created the universe, and that the original amount of information at the beginning has spiralled downward over the years, not upward, as evolution teaches. Evolution depends on a series of mutations to explain the changes that brought about the development of mankind. However, mutations are known to be mistakes in the DNA sequence — a depletion of information. Developing highly complex organisms would require an addition of information which evolution is unable to provide.

2. “God’s existence or non-existence is a scientific fact about the universe, discoverable in principle if not in practice… what matters is not whether God is disprovable (he isn’t) but whether his existence is probable. That is another matter. Some undisprovable things are sensibly judged far less probable than other disprovable things.” (pgs. 50,54)
For something to be judged a scientific fact, it must be 1) observable, 2) testable, and 3)repeatable, at least in reference to empirical science. It is not possible for God to be observed, and we cannot test His existence because He is spirit. Neither can we repeat or recreate Him in any way. How then is His existence a scientific fact? Well, Dawkins explains, we can draw our conclusion through principle, if not through standard scientific procedures. Determining God’s existence through principle is done by determining if He is probable. Here Dawkins fails to understand that while he may view God as improbable, another may view him exactly the opposite. Dawkins’ argument is based on opinion, not fact.

3. “But does Gould really want to cede to religion the right to tell us what is good and what is bad? That fact that it has nothing else to contribute to human wisdom is no reason to hand religion a free license to tell us what to do.” (pg.57)
Dawkins’ attitude here rings of, “Oh yeah? Who says?!” His very nature resents and rebels against the concept of submitting to another’s moral standard. Morality as defined by a higher power — a God — and expressed through religion (the worship of that God) denies an individual the right to make the rules himself. If every person has his own standard of morality, there will be no standard of morality at all. Nothing can be true, because each person has his own idea of what truth is. As Frank Peretti very aptly put it:

“There’s no way for you to know if what I am saying is true, unless you know what the truth is; and there’s no way for you to know what the truth is, unless there is a truth that you can know.”

4. “I conscientiously put to [Watson] that, unlike him and Crick, some people see no conflict between science and religion, because they claim science is about how things work and religion is about what it is all for. Watson retorted: “Well, I don’t think we’re for anything. We’re just products of evolution. You can say, “Gee your life must be pretty bleak if you don’t think there’s a purpose”. But I’m anticipating having a good lunch.” We did have a good lunch, too.” (pg.100)
Wow. What a life. Living from lunchtime to lunchtime, with a monkey for an uncle and nothing to look forward to after you’re dead when you don’t get to have lunch anymore. This passage really makes me pity Dawkins and Watson — who try so hard to prove there is no God, so they can live their lives with a self-determined purpose… eating lunch.

These are only a few of the arguments I found, but I think they really reflect the attitude of modern-day atheists and can help us to show compassion to those who are so angry at God. Jesus said to pray for our enemies, that they may know Him and believe Him, and have the precious hope that we do. A hope far beyond that of a good lunch.

Click on the post title to view the complete debate between Richard Dawkins and David Quinn.

“I have looked at the evidence!”
Thus rose the cry of renowned atheist Richard Dawkins during a debate with David Quinn, one of Ireland’s “best known religious and social affairs commentators”. Dawkins was exclaiming over his opponent’s apparent inability to see the obvious, and was ridiculing the concept of faith. However, the “evidence” that Dawkins appeals to stands to be interpreted by many more than just atheists. Dawkins’ argument has no foundation. The very man who allows truth to be relative wants it to be absolute when it comes to his opinion!

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One Response

  1. Good job showing the arguments that the Atheists lean on to support their rebellious attitude toward God. You must have done some hard work studying for this. Thanks for posting it.

    “No one understands, no one seeks for God, they have all together become worthless.” (Rom. 3:11). Thanks also for the reminder to pray for those in this atheist delusion. May God free many of them to to come to Him as Father through His Son, so that Romans 5:10 will be fulfilled again and again before Christ returns.
    God bless you.

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