As a Christian, reading books by unbelievers especially by self confessed Atheist Richard Dawkins is like walking on fire to see what happens. It always makes one question everything they believe in while wondering if they should join the other side of the divide.
For me, my curiousity of what’s out there (especially when it has to do with opposing view points) is hard to be tethered because I belived in the old saying “knowledge is power”.
Now lets get back to The God Delusion. Dawkins categorically stated that believing in a personal God is tantamout to delusion because to him, a supernatural creator doesn’t exist.
Dawkins has this to say about the Christian God :
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal….P31
He went ahead to portray God as a sadomasochistic and malevolent bully, one who shouldn’t be taken seriously.
This book also talked about polytheism and monotheism and also tried to encourage people who feel vague yearning to leave their religion that they have the power to do so.
Dawkins also tried to use his book to “raise consciousness to the fact that to be an atheist is a realistic aspiration and a brave and splendid one”.
Also, he said that the God hypothesis should be analysed sceptically like any other science invention.
The author also made mention of childhood indoctrination and the air of superiority it creates in people – tricking them into believing their religion is true and the others are false. He gave an analogy using people born in Arkansas (Christians) and people born in Afghanistan (Muslims) who think of each other’s religion as false.
The book also tried to portray atheists like himself as people “who stands tall to face the far horizon”, people who have healthy independence of mind and of course people who should exude pride in what they believe in.
Dawkins stated that he intends to use this book to encourage more atheists to “come out” and also, he hope that The God Delusion will make religious leaders become atheist after reading this book.
Undoubtedly, Dawkins is an excellent scientist and even world’s most popular science writer but his attempt at philosophy and atheology left many gaping holes and some of his arguments flawed. His attempt at philosophy is somewhat sophomoric with a smug attitude. Therefore, sticking to evolotionary biology will be more appropriate because that’s up his alley.
In my opinion, this book would have achieved ‘his goal’ more if he didn’t descend to ridicule, mockery and vitriolic attacks on God thereby making the readers irritated with the ‘messenger’ and ‘the message’. Dawkins made people think God who is a spirit is his enemy. I fail to see the correlation.
Have you read Dawkins’ book? What’s your opinion?
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