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Is belief in God a delusion? A response to Richard Dawkins. “ It has been a good year for atheists…” The Times, 24 th December 2007. “ Not since Victorian times has there been such a sustained debate about religious belief” The Times, 24 th December 2007. “The God Delusion “

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Is belief in God a delusion?A response to RichardDawkins



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“ Not since Victorian times has there been such a sustained debate about religious belief”The Times, 24th December 2007


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“The God Delusion “ sustained debate about religious belief”

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books of its type:1.5m copies in 31 languages

Richard Dawkins


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“The God Delusion “ sustained debate about religious belief”

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series: new Dawkins on Darwin series

Richard Dawkins


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“Richard Dawkins was recently voted as one of the world’s top three intellectuals”

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books

  • Backed up by TV series

  • Much hyped

Richard Dawkins


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“Appendix: world’s top three intellectuals”A partial list of friendly addresses for individuals needing support in escaping from religion “(p 375)

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God by an “Evangelical Atheist”

Richard Dawkins


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“ I see this as a book for a new millennium, one in which we may be released from lives dominated by the supernatural”Brian Eno, sleeve comment

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God

Richard Dawkins


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Suggests that believers are of inferior intelligence to atheists

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God

  • Couched in scathing and sometimes offensive language

Richard Dawkins


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“The 19 atheiststh century is the last time when it was possible for an educated person to admit to believing in the Virgin Birth [of Jesus] without embarrassment.”(p 157)

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God

  • Couched in scathing and sometimes offensive language

Richard Dawkins


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“Dawkins claims that religion..can lead to extreme violence; [therefore] faith instruction to the young is worse than paedophile abuse.”The Times, 24th December 2007

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God

  • Couched in scathing and sometimes offensive language

Richard Dawkins


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“My dream is that his book may help [atheists] to ‘come out’ “(p 4)

“The God Delusion “

  • One of the best-selling non-fiction books in 2007

  • Backed up by Channel 4 TV series

  • Much hyped

  • A book designed to try to destroy faith in God

  • Couched in scathing and sometimes offensive language

  • Claims atheists are a persecuted minority

Richard Dawkins


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“He worries that evolution takes up little more than two hours of a child’s science education”

  • Worried about the persistence of belief in creation

  • Critical of science teaching

Richard Dawkins


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“He worries that evolution takes up little more than two hours of a child’s science education”

  • Worried about the persistence of belief in creation

  • Critical of science teaching

  • Very alarmed by 2006 survey which showed:

    - Creation most likely 22%

    - Intelligent Design 19%

    - Evolution 48%

    - Don’t know 11%

    Ipsos Poll for BBC Horizon

    January 2006

Richard Dawkins


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The God hypothesis hours of a child’s science education”

“ That there exists a super-human, supernatural intelligence who deliberately designed and created the universe and every-thing in it, including us.”

(p 31)

Richard Dawkins


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The Dawkins assertion hours of a child’s science education”

“ That any creative intelligence, of sufficient complexity to design anything, comes into existence only as the end product of an extended product of gradual evolution.”

(p 31)

Richard Dawkins


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The Dawkins assertion hours of a child’s science education”

That there is no God and that Christianity is at best a delusion and at worst a danger to civilised society

Richard Dawkins


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The Dawkins assertion hours of a child’s science education”

That the earth we see around us is the product of an almost mystical force of Darwinian evolution

Richard Dawkins


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Objectives tonight hours of a child’s science education”

  • To examine what Dawkins says about the earth

  • To look at what he says about the Bible, the Lord Jesus and God

  • To make some comparisons with what the Bible says

Richard Dawkins


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”

Dawkins accepts that life on earth is complex:-

“ Every species and every organ that has ever been looked at within a species is good at what it does. The wings of birds, bees and bats are good at flying….


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”

Dawkins accepts that life on earth is complex:-

“We live on a planet where we are surrounded by perhaps 10 million species, each one of which independently displays a powerful illusion of apparent design…” p 139


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”

Dawkins accepts that life on earth is complex:-

“We live not only on a friendly planet but in a friendly universe …”


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”“our kind of life cannot exist without liquid water”


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”We are in exactly the right orbit round the sun..not too hot and not too cold”


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”“Earth’s single relatively large moon serves to stabilise our axis..


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”“Our sun is unusual in not being a binary, locked in mutual orbit with a companion star..”


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”The odds against life on earth developing are a billion to one!


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”Yet evolution must have happened because we are here!


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”Evolution by natural selection is the only explanation


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Deluded by Design? hours of a child’s science education”Evolution by natural selection is the only explanation, since Dawkins refuses to accept the idea of an all-powerful God


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Digression :But about the origin of life?


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But what about the origin of life?


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But what about the origin of life?


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But what about the origin of life?


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Not a matter of luck?


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Not a matter of luck?


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Flaws of logic


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Flaws of logic


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as Dawkins suggests, proven facts. Evidently crucial components ..were already in place and working [in TTSS] before the bacterial flagellum evolved” p132

The bacterial flagellum


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  • Neither the theory of evolution nor natural selection are , as Dawkins suggests, proven facts.

  • Dawkins has not disposed of the difficulty of irreducible complexity.

  • Dawkins’ suggestion that because we exist, evolution must have happened is a circular argument, rather less scientific or rational than religious faith.

Flaws of logic




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Dawkins on God reason

“A God capable of designing a universe or anything else would have to be complex and statistically improbable..” p153


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Dawkins on God reason

“To suggest that the original prime mover was complicated enough to indulge in intelligent design..is tantamount to dealing yourself a perfect hand in bridge..”p155


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Dawkins on God reason

“To suggest that the original prime mover was complicated enough to indulge in intelligent design..is tantamount to dealing yourself a perfect hand in bridge..”p155

The God of the Bible is presented to us as being eternal, all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us.


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as being eternal, all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* the wonders of the world around us e.g.Psalm 19 vv 1-4


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as being eternal, all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* the wonders of the world around us e.g.Psalm 19 vv 1-4

* God’s work in the lives of men and women e.g. Psalm 23


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as being eternal, all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* the wonders of the world around us e.g.Psalm 19 vv 1-4

* God’s work in the lives of men and women e.g. Psalm 23

* the words of God’s prophets e.g. Ezekiel 37 being fulfilled long after they were spoken


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as a God who cares:- all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* Repeated descriptions of God as a Father e.g. Psalm 103


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as a God who cares:- all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* Repeated descriptions of God as a Father e.g. Psalm 103

* Many references to God caring about right and wrong e.g. Psalms 7, 11


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as a God who cares:- all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* Repeated descriptions of God as a Father e.g. Psalm 103

* Many references to God caring about right and wrong e.g. Psalms 7, 11

* A clear account of the origin of evil Genesis 3


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as a God who cares:- all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* Repeated descriptions of God as a Father e.g. Psalm 103

* Many references to God caring about right and wrong e.g. Psalms 7, 11

* A clear account of the origin of evil Genesis 3

* The giving of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins Romans 5:6-8


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The God of the Bible is presented to us as a God who cares:- all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

This is evidenced by:-

* Repeated descriptions of God as a Father e.g. Psalm 103

* Many references to God caring about right and wrong e.g. Psalms 7, 11

* A clear account of the origin of evil Genesis 3

* The giving of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins Romans 5:6-8

* The promise that the world will be restored to perfection when the Kingdom of God is established on the earth. Revelation 21:1-5


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Dawkins has no conception or understanding of such a God all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

  • Scoffs at the Biblical record

  • Knows little and cares less for historical evidence of the existence of Biblical

    characters including Jesus

  • Recycles objections, ( including the Da Vinci Code’s), from a wide range of critics and atheists without giving any real impression

    that he has read the whole of the Bible with

    an open mind


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Dawkins has no conception or understanding of such a God all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

So struggles:-

  • To explain altruism in humans, especially Christian “charity” to others


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Dawkins has no conception or understanding of such a God all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

So struggles:-

  • To explain altruism in humans, especially Christian “charity” to others

  • The presence of evil in the world – except to blame almost all conflicts on religion

    “ I cannot think of any war that has been fought in the name of atheism.”


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Dawkins has no conception or understanding of such a God all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

So struggles:-

  • To explain altruism in humans, especially Christian “charity” to others

  • The presence of evil in the world – except to blame almost all conflicts on religion

    “ I cannot think of any war that has been fought in the name of atheism.”

    [Really? what about the Terror in the French Revolution, Stalin’s massacres or Pol Pot’s killing fields,- to name only a few!]


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Dawkins has no conception or understanding of such a God all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

So struggles to explain:-

  • altruism in humans, especially Christian “charity” to others

  • the presence of evil in the world – except to blame almost all conflicts on religion

  • the persistence of religious beliefs which he believes to be not only useless but dangerous


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

  • * Climate change?* Population growth?* Sustainability?

  • * The future of the human race?


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

Dawkins asserts that evolution is bringing a better world:-

“ There seems to be a steadily shifting standard of what is morally accepted.. in a recognisably consistent direction ..[of] improvement.” p268


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

  • UK Crime figures 1946 -2001

  • Murder Rape Robbery

  • 347 251 921

  • 315 329 965

  • 364 644 4474

  • 565 1094 11611

  • 662 2288 30020

  • 2001 886 9743 111500


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

  • UK Crime figures 1946 -2001

  • Murder Rape Robbery

  • 347 251 921

  • 315 329 965

  • 364 644 4474

  • 565 1094 11611

  • 662 2288 30020

  • 886 9743 111500

  • Note: During this time church attendance declined substantially

  • This is hardly a steady improvement with the impact of enlightened atheism!


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

“But understand this, that in the last days will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.”

2 Tim 3:1-5


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What of the future? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-

“The Lord God will set up a Kingdom which will never be destroyed…

The law will go out from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem..

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord

This same Jesus you saw taken from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw Him go…”


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Is belief in God a delusion? all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-No, never!


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Thank you and goodnight! all-powerful and the creator of all we see around us:-


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