08 June 2007

Criticisms of Dawkins.

The biggest criticism of atheists like Richard Dawkins is that no-one can be certain there is not a God - surely Dawkins is as fundamentalist as the evangelical Christians he despises?

Obviously they haven't read his latest book 'The God Delusion'- with chapter titles like 'Why there is almost certainly not a God' I think it is pretty clear Dawkins is not claiming certainty in anything.

The other spurious argument theists like Madeleine Bunting like to use (when they are not suggesting alpha courses are educational) is to say that God's existence or non existence are equi-probable - and of course they are right - IF you make no assumptions about the world whatsoever - but of course no assumptions mean my brain might be floating in a vat of tea and you might be a baked bean - these also become equi-probable.

The truth is, if we accept the reasonable assumption that sensory evidence is credible - like we have to when we cross the road - then God is extremely unlikely. It is as simple as that - end of story. If you want that argument in a little more detail then buy Dawkins wonderful book - The God Delusion - now in paperback.

2 comments:

  1. Hey,

    I'm a Christian who is working on a series on Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" at my blog at:

    http://michaelkrahn.wordpress.com/richard-dawkins/

    My biggest issue with Dawkins so far is that he can't resist cheap shots. The book would be much shorter if he could.

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  2. i don't think your criticism of Dawkins is exactly fair. I think Dawkins is extremely restrained considering the provocation he is usually under and come on who couldn't be exasperated at the creationist musuem and the Temple prize for example.

    But even more exasperating and this is where Dawkins has been so important and brave in challengin the orthodoxy is the ludicrous position of those liberal christians - trying to bend the outrageously neanderthal bible to fit in with modern morality which is light years ahead of it. It is delusion of the highest order and Dawkins is more than correct to use the word.

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