Analysis of the god delusion debate
The god delusion chapters
This 'sceptical threat' argument is obviously unsound. He compares the inspirational exaltation of one scientist being proven wrong about a fundamental  of cellular biology to the tragic descent of geologist Kurt Wise into young earth creationism as a modern day Winston Smith. The tract uses language that basically states "these things are perfect, complex, beautiful and amazing; and we don't know why, but it can't have been by chance. An appendix gives addresses for those "needing support in escaping religion". Michael Murray, 'God and Neuro-Science'. What about Hitler and Stalin? A Case Study in the Roots of Morality[ edit ] Dawkins highlights studies of Marc Hauser [note 3] which suggest that morality is mostly universal, regardless of religion or other factors, as revealed through the study of subjects' responses to hypothetical moral dilemmas, referencing Immanuel Kant frequently. He discusses the use of Hell Houses to scare children into being pious as utilized by Dominionist priests. Such an approach a priori rules out the notion that God is spirit, is the uncaused First Cause, is eternal, etc. Dawkins states that evolutionists want to know why the human mind takes comfort in experiences that are known by someone to be false, as, because it exists, it must serve some purpose. That religion has an evolutionary component is certainly supported by evidence, such as the Christian co-opting of pagan holidays and rituals, as well as the many thousands of denominations and sects that are spread across the globe. More than once, Dawkins argues that there is no such thing as a Christian child or a Muslim child e. The debate was titled "Has Science Buried God?
He is seemingly blind to the many incredible things also complex and demanding an explanation which he believes as a matter of faith; such as other universes, the spontaneous origin of life and ETs—all without a shred of supporting evidence. Of particular note in this section is mention of the Arabian babbler, a small species of bird, whose members assert their dominance by feeding others.
The fact that Genesis 1 may have got this right is thus no more noteworthy than calling a coin toss. Dawkins relates this story to begin his assertion that forcing beliefs upon children, who are too young to understand what they are being taught, is a form of child abuse.
The god delusion summary
The Anthropic Principle: Cosmological Version[ edit ] See the main article on this topic: Fine-tuned universe In addition to discussing the concept, Dawkins derides theologians for suggesting that God is powerful enough to know the exact states of the infinitely large number of electrons that exist in the universe—not that such a task would be impossible to an omnipotent being, but that if a scientist can't figure out what's going on, then said scientists must defer to God as the answer. This commits him to affirming that one has no moral responsibility to even try to be rational — which undermines the entire process of having a rational debate! Children should not be labelled by their parents' religion. Eisenhower or Winston Churchill for his efforts in decoding German intelligence. A reasonable person might suggest that it was because, subconsciously, the theologians knew their arguments had no leg to stand on, but the Dunning-Kruger effect is probably more likely. Magicians will show you a trick. Nevertheless, the questions he posited to theologians about the scientific improbability of God were returned with appeals to NOMA—that God lay outside the realm of science. Faith and the Sanctity of Human Life[ edit ] See the main article on this topic: Consistent life ethic Dawkins goes into the many slippery slope arguments involving faith and abortion , capital punishment , euthanasia , stem cell research , in vitro fertlization, Army of God and martyrdom that plague the international conversation.
Childhood, Abuse and the Escape from Religion[ edit ] Dawkins begins this chapter relating the story of Edgardo Mortara, a 19th-century six year-old Jewish boy in Italy who was rescued read: kidnapped by the Catholic Church to be raised by Catholics, thus saving his soul from damnation, thanks to a baptism performed by a babysitter earlier in life.
It makes no conceptual sense to ask what caused the un-caused being! Not that atheism was an old concept, but that Dawkins' method of arguing was from the "nineteenth century". Playwright just plain wrong.
He equates the religious teaching of children by parents and teachers in faith schools to a form of mental abuse.
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