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This review is from: Dealing with Dawkins (Paperback)
I've recently read four of Richard Dawkin's books including "The God Delusion" and "The Greatest Show on Earth" and I bought this book in a rare visit to a religious bookshop in Belfast , curious to see if his arguments could be effectively challenged by a Christian writer. Having read the book, I must admit that I still agree with Dawkins arguments. The book throws a lot of random biblical quotations at the reader and relies heavily on the First Cause Argument to back up his antagonism to Dawkins opinions, which didn't convince me. The God of the Bible is a partisan local deity of a race of Bronze Age tribesman and the Bible with it's genealogy of the direct link between Adam and Jesus indicates that the creation of humanity only occurred 6000 years ago in the Middle East,a belief which fossil evidence totally undermines. If Adam and Eve didnt exist then there is no need for Jesus to redeem humanity of its original sin as it never existed. Dawkins picture of a race of advanced monkeys gradually evolving into the fairly civilised and intelligent Homo Sapiens of today is much more convincing. The writers of the Bible knew nothing of cosmology,bacteriology, paleantology and geology (to name but a few sciences) and science ,represented by Dawkins, provides a much more rigorous and accurate approach to the big questions of life than the Bible even though there are still some grey areas such as how did life originate on Earth and why is there something (eg. quarks) rather than nothing ? However I would prefer to wait for science to come up with answers to such contentious questions rather than posit the existence of some immense cosmic intelligence who created it , which begs the question ,of course , of Who Created God ? A question which can be extended an infinite number of times...