For most of my adult life, I have avoided the writings of Richard Dawkins. Starting in college and subsequently, in grad school, I was exposed to his atheist views, and as a Christian, I was repulsed by them. It is necessary, however, for the sake of the many souls suffering under his sphere of influence, to puncture the grandiose bubble of his atheist delusions and reply scientifically to his pseudo-science. The scientific language barrier that exists for many in society can be a source of intimidation. It may in some cases cause those who are not trained in the scientific method to retreat and concede ground needlessly to those in positions of “scientific authority”. A man who is a skilled and gifted plumber, artist, or administrator might drift into a fog of oblivion when the doctor comes in and rattles off a string of medical, surgical, or pharmacological terms. In the same way many people “give up” and assume that a scientist who can insert terms into a long and technical equation must “Know what he is talking about.” I believe such is the case with the writings of Richard Dawkins and some other prominent atheists.
For now, I will address some of his more popular philosophical statements. Of course, I will agree with Dawkins on some topics and vehemently disagree on other. For example, Dawkins wrote:
#1 “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism because we are born selfish.” Who could disagree with this? Psalm 51:5 agrees, saying “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” I would also heartily agree with his statement. I wonder how he could stomach being in total agreement with the Bible.
#2 “Natural selection is anything but random“. You see, he is again himself agreeing with the Bible, and creationists. It is true that natural selection is not random. It only occurs within a species already created by God and it never occurs as a result of some accidental or random point mutation in a strand of DNA. Furthermore, his statement requires the presence of a higher power, or directive force. If it is not random it is directed. He can call it anything he wants. I call it God.
In another quote, intended as a slam dunk insult against Christians, Dawkins approaches the truth when he states:
#3 “Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ’s followers seem to disagree.” Of course this is true. See as proof quote #1. Everyone, Christians included, is born into sin. Everyone has a fallen sin nature. Of course I would add that as our society has gotten more secular over the last few decades, we have certainly NOT gotten more peaceful and loving. And I would also note that our prisons are not populated primarily with those who attended church regularly and professed their love of Christ. But of course there are indeed evil persons in our churches as well. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 reads, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”
And who could disagree with this:
#4 “Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.” True. They certainly do appear that way. Because they were designed with a purpose! Psalm 19 :1 says the same thing. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Job Chapter 12 adds “7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
But in his desire to worship his own intellect instead of his Creator, Richard Dawkins also wrote:
#5 “My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans.” Extraordinary indeed. Only a fool could not see the Creator’s hand in all this. Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” and Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
#6 “You can’t even begin to understand biology, you can’t understand life, unless you understand what it’s all there for, how it arose – and that means evolution.” And upon what is this based? The word of an avowed atheist who has never even considered seeing the magnificence of creation through the lens of scripture! A man who can explain neither the origin of life nor the complexities of biology except to say it must have been a gigantic, meaningless cosmic accident!
#7 “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.” And how then does our great scientist explain Mozart’s Symphony #40 in G minor? How does he interpret the actions of Mother Theresa? Whence comes the universal appeal of the Mona Lisa, or van Gogh’s Starry night? Why are we all dumbfounded and starstruck at a beautiful sunset? Or even more perplexing, why should we be almost universally repulsed by the murderous actions of a Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot. Such actions should, after all, fit seamlessly into the evolutionary world of “blind, pitiless indifference”! They are actually at the apex of “survival of the fittest!”
#8 “A universe with a creator would be a totally different kind of universe, scientifically speaking, than one without.” Now here is a glaring example of hubris if ever there was one. A mere man, one who by his own testimony wasn’t very good in school, one who has never created anything but words on a page, pretends to know how one type of universe would differ from another. A mortal with such limited comprehension that he cannot even explain the difference between time and eternity, or how a thing becomes alive, or what is the source of gravity, passes judgment on how an almighty God chose to order His creation! Proverbs 26:12 “Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.