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August 23, 2008

Anthony Flew takes on Richard Dawkins

Filed under: Christianity — David Jenkins @ 10:07 am

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The God Delusion by the atheist writer Richard Dawkins, is remarkable in the first place for having achieved some sort of record by selling over a million copies. But what is much more remarkable than that economic achievement is that the contents – or rather lack of contents – of this book show Dawkins himself to have become what he and his fellow secularists typically believe to be an impossibility: namely, a secularist bigot. (Helpfully, my copy of The Oxford Dictionary defines a bigot as ‘an obstinate or intolerant adherent of a point of view’)….

This whole business makes all too clear that Dawkins is not interested in the truth as such but is primarily concerned to discredit an ideological opponent by any available means. That would itself constitute sufficient reason for suspecting that the whole enterprise of The God Delusion was not, as it at least pretended to be, an attempt to discover and spread knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God but rather an attempt – an extremely successful one – to spread the author’s own convictions in this area.



  1. Richard Dawkins there a God?

    Was the universe created by a Divine Creator, or did it just happen? If the universe just happened, then what started the process? The laws of thermodynamics have PROVEN that neither energy nor matter can be destroyed. You can convert one form into another, but you cannot create nor destroy either. Based upon this scientific FACT, it is perplexing to try to understand the origin of the universe. How could something come from nothing?

    Even more complex and disturbing is the thought that time could have NO BEGINNING. Everything that mankind has ever learned, tested, proved, designed, or theorized CANNOT explain this great mystery. How could time have ever begun? What would have existed before time? Even if you could trace the universe back trillions of years (which you cannot), you would still be faced with an unsolvable mystery…what existed before time? If time is traveling backwards and forwards, then at what point did it begin? There is no mortal answer for these questions.

    Another baffling thought is the size of the universe…how big is it? Can the universe have an end? If so, then what exists beyond the universe?…more universe? Trying to understand such a mystery is a perplexing and mind-numbing exercise in futility. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for the universe to have a boundary, a limit. What would exist beyond that limit? Even empty space is something, it occupies SPACE. So where does the space end? At what point is there nothing, and what exactly is nothing if it takes up space? There is NO humanly plausible answer. Though multitudes of godless “experts” and “professors” have arrogantly tried to explain such mysteries by teaching babble and false science, the net sum of all their answers is utter foolishness. The ONLY logical answer is a Divine Creator.

    Not only does simple logic testify to the existence of God, but so also does the Bible. The Bible is self-proclaimed as God’s Word (2nd Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12). Whether a person wants to acknowledge the Bible as “God’s Word” is an entirely different matter, but the Bible does claim to be God’s Authorative Word. One might reason that there are several “other” such books in the world that also CLAIM to be inspired by a divine being, what makes the Bible so special? In a word, it’s CONTENTS. No other book in this world addresses mankind’s wicked sinfulness and need for divine redemption. Only the Bible tells us how to obtain forgiveness, salvation and peace with God. No other book in this world speaks of God’s love for mankind, and of God’s fierce judgment upon the ungodly. No other book in the world contains as much accurate prophecy (and fulfilled prophecy) as does the Bible (there is NO prophecy in the Quran). No other book in the world can boast of such continuity of agreement between over forty known writers (God being the Divine Author), spanned over two millenniums of time and yet arranged in one perfectly interwoven volume.

    The Bible gives us a detailed explanation of the creation of the universe, and teaches that the universe was created by the Word of God…

    “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” -Hebrews 11:3

    There is your answer friend, God created the universe out of NOTHING! God did the impossible as ONLY God can do. What other book in this world claims that God created the worlds out of nothing? Could such a book be mere coincidence when it so perfectly answers all of the perplexing questions I presented to you earlier? The Bible is undoubtedly the Word of God that it claims to be. No other book even compares.

    Jesus Christ is the Creator (God Almighty)…

    “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” -Colossians 1:13-17

    We read in Hebrews 11:3 above that “Through FAITH we understand…” It is ONLY through faith in the Word of God that anyone will ever understand the truth about creation. The atheists and evolutionists do NOT have faith in God or the Bible; rather, they have placed their faith in unproven theories, speculation, and false science. The great error of their thinking is the failure to concede that THERE IS NO LOGICAL ANSWER OTHER THAN A DIVINE CREATOR. Evolution cannot be proved because it is a dirty lie of the devil. Evolution is false. Evolution is stupid. Evolution is baseless speculation. The ONLY plausible answer is God. The Bible confirms what our common sense should teach us about the origin of the universe…creation couldn’t have happened without a Divine Creator. The proof is irrefutable, God exists!

    Comment by tony — June 11, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Mr. Richard Dawkins do you know that you and most atheists have what I call the Don Quixote Syndrome. Let me explain. Cervantes wrote a book about Don Quixote a long time ago. Don Quixote would attack windmills as if they were his enemies. Of course a windmill is nobody’s enemy. If what the atheist believes is REALLY his belief, then he would leave people like me alone. After all, if God did not exist, He and His followers would be no enemy to the atheist. We’d just be deluded people. Therefore IF the atheist REALLY believes there is no God and the fool attacks a Christian, then he has the Don Quixote Syndrome because the Christian is not his enemy. Nevertheless, God is real and THAT is why atheists have all these organizations and debates to “prove” that God does not exist. Atheist reader, if you would just be true to what you purport to believe, then you wouldn’t have the Don Quixote Syndrome.

    There is hope for the atheist. AS FOR Mr. Flew as first he didn’t believe in God, now he believe in God. You and all the other atheist can be saved. In fact, there are plenty of atheists that have come to Jesus Christ. I refuse to argue with them, but will answer honest questions. Unfortunately, many atheists ignorantly say hard things against the Lord Jesus Christ and His people.

    The bottom line is that atheism is a false belief system composed of fools–it’s not new–the Bible told us about atheism thousands of years ago. Is there a real atheist? No. The closest thing to it is someone who has told themselves a lie so many times that they begin to believe it’s true.

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
    They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
    there is none that doeth good.
    Psalms 14:1

    Comment by paul — June 11, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  3. tony/paul,

    Use one name when commenting, please

    Comment by David — June 11, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  4. We are two different person useing the same computer. I will let Tony know that he need to use his own computer.

    Comment by paul — June 12, 2009 @ 11:40 am

  5. No need. Your writing styles are so similar that I assumed you were the same person.

    Comment by David — June 12, 2009 @ 11:47 am

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