An Alien Attack on Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has many problems with religion.  Not only does he see religion as being false, he sees it as being dangerous.  The danger is not just in terms of religious violence but as an obstacle to scientific advancement.  The argument is that religious young people looking at the world around them, instead of seeking knowledge and understanding about why they are the way they are, will just shrug their shoulders and resign themselves to: “I guess that’s just the way God made it.”  The basic idea is that a belief that God is the Creator is incompatible with scientific inquiry.

I could list the many respected scientists who are Christians, but instead I am going to take another approach.  Imagine that a space ship from another planet crashed on earth.  The aliens were killed in the crash but much of their technology survived the impact.  How would scientists respond to the presence of all that alien technology?  Would they be content knowing that the technology came from those aliens and simply put it on display for people to enjoy visually?  Unlikely.  In fact we would never see that technology publicly as the world’s best scientists would be taking it apart, trying to understand how it was built and attempting to learn as much as we could about it.  Knowing that the technology came from aliens would not prevent our scientific inquiry, it would increase it.

If that is the case, why should people then assume that a belief that the natural world was designed by God will prevent scientific curiosity?  I find myself more interested in the natural world because I see God as the Creator.  Religion may have its’ problems, but one of them is not an obstacle to scientific research.

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8 thoughts on “An Alien Attack on Richard Dawkins”

  1. But I am not comparing alien technology with God, I am comparing alien technology with the natural world as a creation of God. My point is simply that knowing who created and designing something does not require a lack of interest in knowing how that creation works. I believe the comparison works.

  2. “Religion may have its’ problems, but one of them is not an obstacle to scientific research.” You’re kidding, right? Is Stem Cell Research a go now? Please tell me who destroyed the libraries of Alexandria and imprisoned Galileo.

  3. Actually, there are Christians are involved in stem cell research. They most often focus on other sources for stem cells than embryos. There are other options. Even so, I am not saying that Christians have an anything goes attitude toward science. There are ethical constraints for Christians, just as there are for non-Christians. My point is that belief in God does not stop scientific inquiry. As for Christians destroying the library of Alexandria, you need to do a bit of research. Here is a post I wrote that will give you a start. With regard to Galileo, he was deeply religious himself, so that hardly proves your point.

  4. I’ll read up more on Alexandria but what does Galileo being a religious man have to do with him being imprisoned for heresy? That tells me that the church didn’t like that he discovered something contrary to their beliefs and locking him up was meant to stop that study in its tracks.

    1. You are misunderstanding the reason for my post. I was not arguing that the church has never made any mistakes. The church has made plenty. My point was that being religious is not an obstacle to scientific inquiry and Galileo is a good example of that.

  5. I see. I thought the statement meant religion in general. Interestingly enough, I couldn’t find religious obstacles to science today anywhere in a quick search. Implementing some of the discoveries is a different story, but there doesn’t seem to be any parties trying to interfere with research. I guess a person can learn new things every day.

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