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Richard Dawkins book: The God Delusion

I have to admit to being in total disagreement with Richard Dawkins—and for the full treatment of why, you need to read my book: Reality Check: Science Meets Religion. This page is an outline of why we differ so much.

Richard Dawkins has put forward his strong opinion there is no God in books such as The God Delusion. His opinions are so strong he clearly pities those who do believe in God. And that, by the way, comprises over half the population on earth. Around 30% of world population are Christians and around 20% are Muslims. Then there are other religions believing in one God. This proves atheists are in the minority. In fact, only around 16% are non-religions, agnostic (hedging their bets) or atheist (opposed) [more].

Dawkins believes chance was the only influence in the development of our universe and our world, that we are just lucky to have come into being, and that anyone who believes in God is seriously deluded. His arguments tend to focus on pouring scorn on religion because it cannot prove God exists, or because ancient religious texts lack the sophistication required to gel with modern science. My book majors on demonstrating the opposite: that there is compatibility between science and religion.

I even show how the most modern thinking actually allows for a location for Heaven. M-Theory (String Theory) models the world as a great number of dimensions beyond those of time and our space: giving scope for other space-time worlds such as the heavenly realms. Interestingly, when Jesus was asked about the Kingdom of Heaven, he replied: "The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within you." (Read Luke 17:20-21.) Please note Jesus used the present tense. I think he perhaps had his tongue in his cheek when he said this, for there was no way he could explain that Heaven actually interpenetrates our own space-time world. So, in much the same way radio waves interpenetrate us, so do these additional dimensions, and that is where Heaven must lie.

The people at the time of Jesus had no understanding of dimensions, and Heaven being up in the sky was the only concept they could grasp. There would have been no point in Jesus trying to explain the reality, for it was way beyond their grasp. But now, with science admitting creation is far more complex than what we see around us, there is the chance of a great advancement in our understanding: if the scientist can put aside his differences with religion. Maybe black holes are where our space-time world breaks down; maybe they are tears into another world, and that is why matter seems to vanish through them.

Dawkins talks of the 'Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit', which is this. 'A God responsible for the creation of the universe would be at least as complicated as that universe. Therefore it, too, requires a designer: ad infinitum. So the argument for the existence of God is a logical fallacy.' Its name is an allusion to astronomer Fred Hoyle's statement that: 'The probability of life originating on earth is no greater than the chance that a hurricane, sweeping through a scrapyard, would have the luck to assemble a Boeing 747'. I do not think Dawkins chose this analogy very wisely to substantiate the case against God since it is admitting it would take something far greater than chance to create it; which would, of course, be God.

In my opinion, the major point that Dawkins misses is that, be logic and definition, a creator can never be part of his creation. If God is the creator of the space-time world then he must exist beyond that space-time creation. So when Dawkins rebuts arguments for God with statements such as 'It could be God of the Martians or of the inhabitants of Alpha Centauri', he clearly overlooks this fact. That is not a scientific approach, therefore he has no grounds to suppose that is an argument there cannot be a God.

We may not be able to prove there is a God but, in my book, I offer proof that mind is separate from space-time—and that is where you will also find the mind of God: which is the same as saying that is where you will find God: although not in a spatial sense.

Radical thinking? Not really. I just pull together a synergy of many separately understood concepts into a wonderful whole that will allow an atheist or agnostic to see why it is logical to believe in God, and why a believer can stop worrying about apparent contradictions between their faith and science. As a Christian, I use the Bible to help demonstrate my points, but this book is equally applicable to other monotheistic (single-God) faiths. And I provide internet links to substantiate every aspect of my proposals.

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