Flight of the cowards

Via His Grace we get the news that militant atheist Richard Dawkins is not as intrepid as he likes to portray himself: Does Richard Dawkins exist?
Something is afoot in Oxford. The Christians are fighting back. To herald the 'Reasonable Faith Tour' with William Lane Craig, Oxford's buses are carrying the slogan: There's Probably No Dawkins. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Oct 25th at the Sheldonian Theatre.

The advertising campaign follows Richard Dawkins' refusal to debate the existence of God with philosopher William Lane Craig as he visits the UK this month. He has an open invitation to debate Professor Craig at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre on 25th October. The Oxford bus campaign echoes the 2009 London atheist bus advertisements: 'There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life.'

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, California and is arguably the world's foremost defender of historic Christianity. Widely respected among academic philosophers, he has debated with many leading atheists across the world, including Peter Atkins, Daniel Dennett, Anthony Flew, AC Grayling, Christopher Hitchens, Lewis Wolpert and most recently, Sam Harris.

Harris has described Professor Craig as 'the one Christian apologist who has put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists'.

Dr Dawkins' refusal to debate Professor Craig led fellow Oxford academic Dr Daniel Came, who is an atheist himself, to write to Dr Dawkins stating that 'the absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part'.
What follows is one of the most devastating take-downs I ever had the privilege of reading on the 'Net. What shines through is Mr. Dawkins readiness to bring his intellectual prowess to bear on unsophisticated creationists, but his refusal to do so when confronted with a scholarly, thoughtful mind. Beating on those weaker then you, but running when there's a real fight in the offing. That is the hallmark of a school-yard bully, isn't it?

In the mean time, if you want to read more on the intellectually impossible position modern-day 'high church' atheists find themselves in, may I recommend The Irrational Atheist (pdf) by Vox Day. I particularly liked his demonstration of the social ineptitude of committed atheists: 'I'm an arsehole, therefore God does not exist'. That may sound crude and offensive when read out of context. But Vox Day makes a good case for the veracity of that statement.

4 reacties:

Mark Tapson zei

Good find. Thanks for this piece, and for pointing me to The Irrational Atheist.

DP111 zei

Atheism puts man at the top of the world. This leads, for an individual, to pride and then downfall. For a nation, it leads to the Killing Fields, Gulag, death camps, genocide. I cant think of a single atheist scientist on par with Newton or Maxwell, who were both devout Christians. 

Buddhism, that esoteric philosophy, is nihilistic and selfish. It does not care about anyone but the self, and even that as a process to self-annihilation. It is consistent then that Buddhism has neither contributed to humanity, or subtracted from it, in any meaningful way. 

Islam OTH, is destructive of all civilisations.

The Christian faith is the only one that expressly forbids navel gazing. Christianity requires that we serve humanity, without looking for rewards on earth or in heaven, or even self-satisfaction. From Christianity flow all that atheists seem to think is their province - secular government, separation of church from the state, abolition of slavery, human rights, hospice and hospitals, universal education for children, social security, slaughter of the defeated wounded on the field of battle (Red Cross), and much else, such as the scientific and industrial revolutions.       

Is it coincidence, that when the Christian faith wove into the fabric of the Europe and America later, they stood above the rest of the world in social and technical development.  Now, as we in the West, turn our face from God, are going down in social and technical development. The fabric of the West is coming apart.

We put our faith in false prophets and pseudo-scientists, not real ones, but the likes of Darwin, Freud, and Marx.  

Klein Verzet zei

See, this is what I don't understand. Christian ethics and morality *work*. The evidence is all around us. Even if one does not believe in God, it is not that big of a leap to conclude that Jesus was on to something.

David Wildgoose zei

Exactly - and I speak as a Humanist following Jeremy Bentham's definition of "Christianity without the Christ".  I don't believe in the supernatural element, but I do believe in everything else.  The evidence is indeed all around us.

I just wish that we had Church leaders more interested in standing up for their beliefs and less interested in sucking up to Islam, e.g. the idiot who (Roman Catholic) Tony Blair made (Anglican) Archbishop of Canterbury.

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