Dawkins: The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins really is a Dork.
Normally I would recommend Christians engage and seek to understand those who critique Christianity. I’m a firm believer that constructive dialogue should avoid personal criticism.

But really…
Richard Dawkins is almost beyond the pale.

I haven’t read The God Delusion, which probably makes my comments invalid from the start. I have watched Dawkins a number of times on TV Panels and I’ve read one of his earlier works Unweaving the Rainbow. It sits right next to Bertrand Russell’s Why I am not a Christian on my shelf, both works are of similar logical rigour, i.e., on an intellectual par with The Wiggles.

Russell was one of the twentieth centuries great philosophers. A brilliant logician who revolutionised approaches to questions in areas including truth, language, and mathematics. But when it came to thinking about Christianity he checked his brain in at the door. He didn’t do any research or follow any of the academic principles which would have been basic in the rest of his work. Russell allowed himself to be completely blinded by prejudice. His work is really laughable, ultimately the reader feels that if these are his best reasons for not being a Christian, you would rather incline to be one.

Dawkins has all of Russell’s problems, without having made Russell’s contribution to Philosophy and human thought.

If you are interested in reading a really great and detailed critique of Dawkins latest work, check out this article from the London Review of Books. I don’t agree with everything the author says about Christianity (as far as I can make out he’s Marxist and Catholic) but it’s a well-written, well thought out response.

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7 thoughts on “Dawkins: The God Delusion

  1. My sister is doing a PhD in the history and philosophy of science, looking at the relationship between Christianity and science. With this context, you can understand that she engages with Dawkins a bit (albeit, her thesis concerns 17th Century England, but she also writes about broader science and Christianity issues).

    She was reading the God Delusion over Christmas and nearly threw it across the room on several occasions. She rants about it here and you can see a list of her other blog posts concerning Dawkins here.

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  2. Thanks Tim,
    I think Christians (and any genuine rationalists) are going to go to town on The God Delusion. Actually sometimes I wonder if we get more worked up about it than people who aren't Christian.

    Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”
    Proverbs 13:16 "Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.

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  3. I don't disagree that Dawkins is a fool – but I'm glad that Christians are attacking his work and giving a reason for their hope in the face of it (1 Peter 3:15).

    Actually, I don't think that Dawkins is taken as seriously in Australia as he is in the USA – I get the impression that he is massively influential at the popular level in the US.

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  4. Great point.
    It is good to see Christians with sharp minds and sharp arguments.
    I still think that the people who find Dawkins convincing are those who already want to believe him, there isn't much rationality in it.
    However, God's Spirit works in and through our appeal – apologetics is a worthwhile task.
    dan

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  5. Yep, yep, yep. I could barely contain my frustration in my post on him (which was in response to an article where many readers had commented online – don't know how to do a link here but I linked it from my post), and I did have to rewrite it once or twice to make it (more) loving. The problems with Dawkins' arguments are huge, but thinly covered with intellectual-sounding varnish. People really lap it up, and it's infuriating for Christians. However, as you said, God will choose whom he pleases, and if these arguments function as an antichrist who forces people to make a proper choice about God (even if highly prejudiced), then it can't be a bad thing.

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