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I’ve just finished reading The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This short (109 pages including footnotes, a list of recommended reading, and information about the authors) book is a brief response to the writings of Richard Dawkins, especially his book The God Delusion.

Regarding Dawkins, the McGrath’s write:

…Dawkins simply offers the atheistic equivalent of slick hellfire preaching, substituting turbocharged rhetoric and highly selective manipulation of facts, for careful, evidence-based thinking. Curiously, there is surprisingly little scientific analysis in The God Delusion.There’s a lot of pseudoscientific speculation, linked with wider cultural criticisms of religion, mostly borrowed from older atheistic writings. (p. 11)

Regarding the book, the McGrath’s write:

It sets out to do one thing and one thing only – assess the reliability of Dawkins’s critique of faith in God.

The book is divided into four chapters dealing with different subjects. Are we deluded about God? Has science disproved God? What are the origins of religion? Is religion evil? Each question is handled briefly, but well, with solid reasoning and sound logic.

The McGrath’s end the book by saying,

Ironically the ultimate achievement of The God Delusion for modern atheism may be to suggest that this emperor has no clothes to wear. Might atheism be a delusion about God? (emphasis is the author’s)

The Dawkins Delusion? is an excellent book that I recommend for a brief overview of Dawkins’s thinking and his recent book The God Delusion. It’s an excellent place to get started thinking about atheism and those who propose it, as well as well thought-out responses.

Tolle Lege!

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A group of us from school went to see Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on Monday. It’s an excellent movie and I highly recommend you see it (and take some people with you).

The movie is a documentary-style investigation into the systematic persecution and banishing of anyone who dares to support or even say a kind word about Intelligent Design (a strong challenge to the accepted and politically correct view in the scientific community – naturalistic Darwinism) by those in the media, academy, and even the government.
Expelled is fair in it’s presentation, unlike Michael Moore’s practice of ambushing the subjects of his interviews. It raises awareness about a problem Stein sees as serious (I agree) and issues a call to action at the end. The call to action featured a nice touch (and a nostalgic one) when Ben asked, “Anyone? Anyone?” That, of course, is a flashback to his role as an Economics teacher in the move Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

Richard Dawkins, one of the atheists interviewed, got under my skin. I found myself wanting to yell at the screen that I thought his line of argumentation was a complete pile of garbage. At least he was honest – I’ll give him that. It was fascinating, though, when Stein asked several questions of Dawkins that moved him from total certainty that God does not exist to possibly about half certain. Dawkins also admitted that he thought life on earth began because a more advanced and intelligent (!) alien civilization “seeded” it upon earth. It takes a lot more faith to believe that than it does to believe Genesis 1:1. Dawkins is a fool (see Psalm 14:1 and 53:1).
It seems clear that the science establishment has changed the definition and practice of science. Naturalistic Darwinism is the only answer one may come to – nothing else is allowed. That’s not science, it’s propaganda and indoctrination. It’s as if you can come up with any answer you want regarding the origin of man and the universe, except one (that God had anything to do with it). That’s like a police department investigating a murder and being told by the District Attorney, “Arrest the person the evidence points to, except not if it’s the Sheriff’s son.” Ridiculous!
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed probably won’t win any awards, is not a romantic love story, doesn’t have a car chase, and doesn’t have special effects that will knock your socks off, but you still ought to see it. As one interviewee says, this is a worldview issue and the stakes are high.

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