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I Agree With Dawkins – Sometimes

February 18, 2013

A while ago I read Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion”. Strange choice of reading for a minister, you think? Interestingly enough, I agree with Dawkins on a number of issues. He lists a number of bad reasons for believing in God, like “God will be sad if you don’t believe in him”, or “If there is no God, life is meaningless”. That may be true, but it doesn’t follow that there must be a God. Dawkins and I agree that God’s existence (or lack thereof) is a simple matter of fact: either there is a God, or there isn’t. If there isn’t, “religion” in itself is not a good thing, it’s pure deceit (making yourself “believe” what you know is impossble may be alright for the Queen in Wonderland, but not for real people in the real world!). We also agree that “religion” has caused a lot of grief and harm – many of the things that are said and done in the name of Christianity make me cringe (the Quran-burning pastor in the States being an obvious recent example).

However, we do disagree on the most basic issue: is there a God? Dawkins thinks the existence of a god is so improbable that any other explanation of the universe is more plausible; I can’t for the life of me see how anyone can look at the universe and not think that it must have been designed by somebody far more intelligent and powerful than us. Dawkins basically equates “God” and “religion”; as for me, I’m not that interested in “religion”, but I love Jesus! Dawkins seems to think that most Christians don’t actually believe what they claim to believe – we’re just scared to break out of the religion we grew up in! I find that rather naïve, not to say offensive, but I guess you can’t expect an atheist to understand what it means to follow Jesus. All the more reason for us who do know, to try and explain it to as many people as possible. Does anybody have Richard Dawkins phone number?!

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One Comment
  1. Interesting post, and nice to see someone trying to question their own beliefs. 🙂 If you’re in for a stronger challenge, check out some debates by Christopher Hitchens on God or religion, or better yet, read his book “God is not great”. Dawkins is basically a puppy dog compared to Hitchens — plus Hitchens is a much better writer. Take care 🙂

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