God Hypothesis

In Dawkins’ chapter “The God Hypothesis” he sets the stage for his overall attack on theism.  I actually appreciated the clarity and honesty in this chapter.  He makes some good points and makes some errors.  For example, the movement from polytheism to monotheism is an older theory in the study of religion.  It is not near as clear or simple as Dawkins portrays.  Dawkins attacks the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian country.  While the founding fathers may not have been as fully Christian as some conservative Americans would like, Dawkins does exaggerate the secular nature of creation of the United States.  I found Dawkins’ discussion of agnosticism interesting.  It was thought provoking and I thought he made some good points.  Dawkins also attacks the idea of NOMA (non-overlapping magisteria), the idea that religion has a role in explaining certain areas of life and science a role in other separate areas.  While I would disagree on Dawkins’ conclusion that theologians have nothing to say of importance on anything, I would agree that this separation of life is artificial and there is definitely overlap.  Interestingly, Dawkins is very critical of atheistic evolutionists who are willing to partner with theistic evolutionist in opposing creationists.  I am sure we will get into this more later, but there is a problem with Dawkins’ equating the existence of God with a teapot floating in space.  His claim is that neither can be disproved but nor is there any reason to believe they exist.  Christians believe in God, not just because his existence can’t be disproved but because we actually have reasons for believing in God.  More on this later.

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