I don’t want to appear disrepectful to those who are more educated and knowledgeable than I am, but the quotes I’m using in this post from Richard Dawkins seem quite daft to me at times. Of course – it may be that I’m taking them out of context, not having read the actual books etc, but I think they are plain enough. I found them on a web site [ Citatum] , devoted to quotes on various topics. Quotes will be in blue:
“Certainly I see the scientific view of the world as incompatible with religion, but that is not what’s interesting about it. It is also incompatiblle with magic, but that is also not worth stressing. What is interesting about the scientific world view is that it is true,inspiring,remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading” [Times Higher Education Interview]
As a creationist, I’m in whole-hearted agreement with RD, because many of the early scientists [eg Isaac Newton] who observed the Universe and discovered it’s Laws, easily recognised the hand of an intelligent Designer and Maker in all that they saw. The evidence was there – no problem.
You see – it isn’t the scientific view of the world that is incompatible with religion – it is the Evolutionary view.
RD also says it is incompatible with magic – but on the contrary – his evolutionary view is very compatible with magic. The Big Bang is an explosion that came out of nowhere causing something to appear out of nothing – wouldn’t you have to call that magic? It rather puts me in mind of a Pantomime fairy tale where we have an explosion on stage with a puff of smoke and Hey Presto, something or someone appears out of nothing ! Now that’s Magic!
“ 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.” [ River Out of Eden]
Is RD living on a different planet to me? I’m certain that where I live there is design, purpose, good and evil. As for the ‘pitiless indifference’ that is the inevitable outcome of his viewpoint ! We might as well all pack up and go home. Why don’t we put ourselves out of our misery and end it all [and many do] if evolution is true?
” We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.” [ The Selfish Gene] Oh no ! - and there’s me thinking we have the ability, intelligence and will to make choices every day …..
” The genes are master programmers and they are programmimg for their lives” Ah - so it’s the genes who had the Master Plan then? and all this time we’ve been calling the Master Planner ‘GOD’. [of course - this contradicts the 'no design' quote ] How can the thing made have made itself? Doesn’t someone need to have made the Computer and developed the Programme – doesn’t logic tell you so?
Consider the adoration and idol worship shown in this quote: ” Living organisms had existed on the earth, without ever knowing why, for over three thousand million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin” [The Selfish Gene] but note this : ” it is almost as if the human brain were specifically designed to misunderstand Darwinism and find it hard to believe“. [The Blind Watchmaker]
The poor chap can’t find it within himself to admit the obvious – that our Creator God is trying to get through to our thick minds …. He has given us an inbuilt consciousness of Himself !
Time is not on our side either. Our bodies are not programmed to live forever - a deadly virus got in the genes and it’s name is ‘Sin’ – not a word used much outside Christian circles these days, but whatever we call it – it is an ugly thing and is the reason why nature is the way that it is. It can also give us a warped view of our origins, for in this natural state we do not want to be accountable to any higher authority and even when we do via ‘religion’, we want to approach God our way. We think we already know it all. I know – I’ve been there ….
The Lord Jesus Christ said we must be ‘born again’ otherwise we cannot even see God’s Kingdom, let alone enter it. Will you, like Richard Dawkins, substitute God with Charles Darwin? Is ‘blind, pitiless indifference’ all you have to look forward to?
The good news is that, not only was the universe planned and made by God – He has made it possible for us to know Him as our Father and engage our lives with Him in the here and now.
I cannot ‘prove’ God’s existence to you – but I can guarantee you can prove Him to yourself if you will just take some time out and allow yourself to consider the possibilty. Don’t do it because someone else is saying you should – do it because you owe it to yourself to know the truth. Ask yourself the question- why did Jesus say He is the way, the truth and the life? Make sure you know the answer. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. [if you have genuine scientific queries you would like answers to, I recommend you click on the links to the Creation web sites listed in my Blogroll.]
All of a sudden I feel a follow-up post coming on - I would love to tell of the benefits of believing in God !