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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, August 08, 2011

Dawkins: My Lame Answer

"If all the evidence in the universe turned in favour of creationism, I would be the first to admit it, and I would immediately change my mind. As things stand, however, all available evidence (and there is a vast amount of it) favours evolution."  — Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)



"The book is true, and if evidence seems to condtradict it, it is the evidence that must be thrown out not the book."  — Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)
 
It seems to me that there is a stuuborn intolerant attitude to his own self-proclaimed pursuit of truth as evicenced by these two contradictory statements.


I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. Richard Dawkins


One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.  Richard Dawkins
 
Understanding the world is not difficult as Richard Dawkins states; "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." I am not sure of the full context of this quote, however, as I observe the universe I see design, purpose, evil, good and faith, however I would be seen as biased in the eyes of Dawkins. The catch-22 is not understanding matter, but understanding what matters.




The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.  Richard Dawkins
 
John 1:3, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." At least Dawkins got one word right.


"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"  — Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)
 
I don't have to believe in fairies to understand and have faith in God. I don't believe in monsters and ghosts either.
 
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."  — Richard Dawkins
This seems to be the standard answer for all who will deny God. I find it as tiresome an answer as those who oppose find my response to them that "... by treating the hypothesis of God as just one more scientific hypothesis, to be evaluated by the standards of science in particular and rational thought in general, Dawkins (is) ignoring the very widespread claim by believers in God that their faith is quite beyond reason, not a matter to which such mundane methods of testing applies. It is not just unsympathetic,... but strictly unwarranted for me simply to assume that the scientific method continues to apply with full force in this domain of truth."
 
It is assumed by many that faith and reason are equal concepts, where in fact they operate in different spheres. I believe the confusion and the strength of the argument comes when matter and the scientific discussion of matter, becomes more relevant to human nature than the nature of humanity. We are not discussing the environment in which we live, the biological functions of man, we are in the realm of the spiritual, the soul of man and these aspects created within us by God can only be responded to in the mystical revelation of God to a man's heart and soul.
 
The garden is beautiful, the world is a beautiful place, it was desirgned to bring glory to God because of our utter amazement of its wonder and majesty. An architect builds to please the eye, to enhance location and to last and endure the season's hardships. We are of similiar stock, only more wonderfully made than anything else in creation. It is not a fluke or a happenchance circumstance.

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