Due to the interest shown in Part I, I have decided to come straight back into the ring with this insight into the mind of Richard Dawkins.
He recently made this programme for the BBC – Five minutes with: Richard Dawkins.
He doesn’t seem to know what questions are going to be asked and so this gives us a better idea what he really thinks especially as he only has 300 seconds to fire out answers and try to make himself look like he knows what he’s talking about.
Is he as ‘clear-thinking’ as he likes to think he is? Let’s find out…
4.56 – He said prayers as a child “all the time,” but he actively started disbelieving in the existence of God about 15 or 16.
4.39 – He “would not be the slightest bit tempted” to pray in any circumstance.
Sorry, Professor, but that won’t do. I personally know a chap, a non-believer, never known to have prayed before, who did so when he found out his newborn son might die. His wife asked who he was praying to and he replied, “I don’t know”.
4.32 – He is not “absolutely certain” that there isn’t a god. He muddles the issue by stating: “I’m not absolutely certain that there isn’t all sorts of things”.
Sorry, Professor, but that’s not the question. When you were a child, you didn’t pray to “all sorts of things”.
4:21 – In the ‘God Delusion’ he claims to be a 6.8/6.9 out of 7 atheist.
By his own admission, he is not a true atheist, so logically he cannot claim that he would “not be the slightest bit tempted” to pray if faced with danger.
4.14 – “there are many, many things you can’t disprove the existence of”
This seems to be a favourite tactic of his to muddle things; twice in just 46 seconds!
He uses the old Russell’s teapot technique which is quite dishonest in this discussion.
4.12 – “technically we’re all agnostic about millions of things.”
Here he goes again. While it’s true, it’s a red herring; a straw man. We’re not talking about millions of things, we are talking about one thing. Concentrate!
4.05 – “pink elephants”
Yes, we’re all agnostic about those – you’re the professor, after all.
4.03 – “There is no reason to believe in anything for which there is no evidence.”
I agree with this statement, but then, it’s pretty obvious. Why isn’t he a 7/7 atheist if he has no evidence? I put it to you and him that he still has evidence – the kind of evidence the pre-15 year old Master Dawkins had.
When you take the Theory of Evolution apart, there’s actually not a lot of evidence for it, so who’s kidding who?
3.55 – He feels spiritual sometimes. Of course he does – he has a spirit; he has a soul.
3:45 – Would he like there to be a god?
Notice how he does not answer a straight question. He does a lot of that.
3:35 – “What matters is what’s true.”
Absolutely correct, Professor. So why do you muddy things so much and avoid giving straight answers to simple questions?
3.34 – “The Universe doesn’t care what I like”.
Maybe you can’t hold back the sea, Professor, but you want as many people to read your books as possible and think the same way you do. You want folk to give up their beliefs and believe you instead even though you find it hard to give a straight answer.
3.31 – He is offered the choice between oblivion and Heaven. Which does he pick? He picks Heaven for two or three centuries. He clearly doesn’t have enough vision or imagination to perceive what paradise could be like.
For all you followers of Dawkins – if you reached paradise, would you also then opt to completely erase your existence?
3.15 – Asked to choose simply between Heaven and Hell, the Professor struggles. He daren’t give the afterlife any credence, so he tries to laugh it off.
Eventually, he concedes that he wouldn’t want Hell, but only after ridiculing it as being a place for scaring children rather than a very real destination for unrepentant sinners.
2.45 – What does Dawkins think about death?
“Death means the end. It’s like going into a general anaesthetic and never waking up.”
Now, he proposes this as fact, but it is something he cannot possibly know. This gives a clue as to the very real dangers involved with believing this man. What could be more important than your eternal condition? Who in their right mind would let Dawkins influence them in this matter?
2.12 – What motivates him to be good?
He says in a roundabout way what Christ said about doing unto others. He seems to understand, as many people discover, that how you treat others, well or badly, comes back to you.
This is why Dawkins has a problem about Hell. If he believes this principle and the likes of Hiltler and Harold Shipman commit untold acts of evil and then kill themselves, where is the justice?
The gospel makes complete sense. Sin has to be dealt with via a Saviour and repentance or there is literally all Hell to pay.
1.40 – What is the point?
“The point is no less of a point if you don’t believe in God than if you do.”
Actually, professor, unless you happen to be completely right about everything, that statement is completely wrong.
He seems pretty consistent at throwing out totally unfounded statements as fact.
1.16 – What else makes him happy?
He goes on to list some of the things that bring joy and comfort to the human soul.
0.14 – He restates that he is interested in the truth, which is strange considering he wants us to accept so many of his personal beliefs as statements of fact.
0.05 – Dawkins nearly makes it to the end without mentioning “Flying Spaghetti Monsters”.
0.02 – “The only reason for disproving God is that many people believe.”
This is at odds with his other statements about being “agnostic about millions of things”. Let’s be honest. Professor Richard Dawkins is driven to discrediting ‘god’ but without a reasonable case. Sadly, in this day and age, it is what people *want* to hear, whether true or not. Like Dawkins, they avoid the subject of Heaven and Hell. They think: eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
You might not be able to do anything about your physical death, but you surely can about your spiritual death.