The Patron Saint of Nonbelievers

Meet Richard Dawkins, the patron saint of nonbelievers,  an atheist and vice president of the British Humanist Association.  Dawkins was featured in a September 2012 issue of Playboy – and no I did not buy the magazine.  You can read the entire interview at the link provided if you like condescending tripe.   As a member of the British Humanist Association,  Dawkins promotes humanism, and works to end the position of religion in law, education, broadcasting and pretty much anywhere it exists. 

The Richard Dawkins Foundation prides itself in supporting scientific education, critical thinking and evidence based understanding of the natural world in a “quest” to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering.  “Despite the best efforts of church leaders and politicians to convince us that religion is still an important part of our national life, polls demonstrate that it is highly irrelevant even to those whose who still label themselves Christians.”

The  Foundation is also actively working in the U.S. to “expose” the America’s religious-industrial complex.  They are investigating the wealth of America’s Mega-Church religious leaders, especially those that teach the “prosperity” gospel along with exposing the mentality that is allowing them to gain members. 

In the Playboy interview, Dawkins described himself as a “tooth fairy  agnostic” –  while he can’t disprove God  he  thinks God’s existence is as likely as the tooth fairy.  But, he is willing to admit that he thinks that the idea of some kind of creative intelligence is not quite so ridiculous.  “What if you pick the wrong god, what if you get up there and it’s not Jehovah but Baal. . .”

As for the existence of Jesus, Dawkins said that “the evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky.  The earliest books in the New Testament to be written were the Epistles, not the gospels.  It’s almost as though St. Paul and others. . .weren’t interested in whether Jesus was real.”   He then added that ” whoever wrote his [Christ’s] lines in the New Testament was ahead of his time in terms of moral philosophy.”   The idea that Jesus died for our sins is “barking mad.”  Dawkins feels the whole story of Christ’s crucifixion  is a “truly disgusting idea.”

In truth, the record of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ has more evidence and proof than any other person from antiquity.

  • Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian mentioned Christ in Book 18 of the “Antiquities of the Jews,”  writing: “Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles.  He was Christ and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day. . .”
  • Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman historian, in “The Annuals” referenced Jesus and the crucifixion when writing of Nero’s torture of the Christians.
  • Pliny the Younger, a lawyer and Magistrate of Ancient Rome, in a series of letters to Emperor Trajan also spoke of Christ.
  • Julius Africanus, historian of the late 2nd and 3rd Century AD quoted Tallus, a 1st century non-Christian historian explaining the darkness on the day of the crucifixion.
  • Lucian of Samosate, a Greek lecturer mocked Christians in his writings and mentioned the crucifixion.
  • Seutonius, a Roman historian also mentions Christ.

Dawkins also lets us know  that he has read only “some of Bible but not all of it”  but still insists that  “his knowledge of it is more profound than most fundamentalist Christians.”   He also willingly admitted that he likes the Book of Ecclesiastes because it is “poetry”.    Surely he must then remember Ecclesiastes  2-3:  “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.  For a dream cometh through the multitude of effort; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”   

Dawkins imparts more atheists “wisdom” in the article by telling us that Isaac Newton, a Christian, was religious only because he was born before Charles Darwin; that 9/11 was a direct result of belief in the after life; the American founding fathers were deists;  and my favorite – “We are apes, we descended from extinct animals that would have been classified as apes.  We are a unique ape. We have  language. . .”   He also admitted that although he doesn’t shun Christians, his “circle tends to be more intelligent” and “there aren’t any religious people among them. . .”

No big fan of the Catholic church, Dawkins said that “sexual abuse is less damaging to a child than bringing him up Catholic.”  He also informs us that objecting to the abortion of very young human embryos is “utter nonsense.  A 4 cell embryo or a 640 cell embryo has no nervous system.  You should have less compunction in killing such a creature than you would in killing an earthworm because an earthworm has a nervous system and very likely can suffer.”

Creationists fight dirty according to Dawkins.  “We don’t debate them because it would give them respectability they don’t deserve.”   Personally, I think left-wing nuts like Dawkins won’t debate us because they know how foolish their arguments actually sound and have no explanation for why many scientists are  beginning to question Darwin’s theory of evolution and accepted theories of the beginning of the universe.

Anthony Flew, once considered the world’s most influential atheistic philosopher wrote in his book,  “I now believe there is a God. . .I now think it [evidence] does point to a creative Intelligence almost entirely because of the DNA investigations. . .”   ‘There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind’

“The universe and the laws of physics seem to have been specifically designed for us.  If any of about 40 physical qualities had more than slightly different values, life as we know it could not exist.  . .”  Stephen Hawking

Arno Penzias, Nobel Prize winner for discovering evidence that the universe did have a beginning said “The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted, had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms, and the Bible as a whole.”

I often wonder: why  do atheists put so much of their time and energy into trying to disprove the existence of a God that they claim doesn’t exist?

“A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for blows.  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”   Proverbs 18:6-7

 

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