Monday, March 7, 2011

Psalm 19: God Delusion or Self-Delusion?

Ps 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Recently, I was watching a Youtube video about the Bombardier Beetle and how it is an improbability for evolution and an evidence for creation. Bombardier Beetle when threatened can shoot a toxic chemical spray at boiling point at potential preys. From there, I saw a link to another Youtube video featuring Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, trying to debunk the Bombardier Beetle as support for creation, using what I thought was a silly experiment that "demonstrates" that gradualism can explain the chemical weapon found in the beetle. Though Richard Dawkins' book has been around for a few years, it never interests me because I knew it would be based on his faith-assumptions of a naturalistic and mechanistic worldview. In other words, while he attacks the Christian faith-assumption, what he calls the "God Hypothesis," he nevertheless argues his case on the basis of his own naturalistic and anti-supernaturalistic faith-assumptions, abusing empirical evidence like the Bombardier Beetle to forward his atheistic assertion.

And I was not wrong about his faith-assumption because in his book, Dawkins defines an atheist as someone who believes (a faith word) in nothing beyond the natural, physical world. So, his view of reality is restricted only to the natural and physical world and he rejects any reality beyond that. So all his arguments are to support this self-delusion. He built his own religious straw man and destroys it rather easily. But he is like the proverbial four Indian blind men who describes an elephant based on their own empirical touch "evidence" as a tree (elephant's leg), a wall (elephant's wall), a rope (elephant's tail) and a water-hose (elephant's trunk). And they argued with each other as to who has the ultimate truth. A sighted person could simply tell them, "Look, all of you are right and wrong at the same time because you've never seen an elephant!" The problem with Richard Dawkins is he has never lived in Asian societies where supernaturalism and demonic phenomena are realities we have to face daily. Instead, he lives in a sanitized world of his ivory tower in Oxford University and simply out of touch with supernatural realities that we face here in the East.

Pontificating from his ivory tower in Oxford University, Dawkins argues for a world based on his faith in "natural selection"--a faith that is so strong that it is often far-fetched and unscientific because it requires great leap of faith to believe his theories. Natural selection is supposedly a process that happens gradually over billions of years. And since it is non-repeatable and non-observable (at least by any scientist), it probably belongs to the realm of religion. So, Richard Dawkins is the evangelist of no-God religion and like all religionists that he attacks, he is equally fanatical and abusive against anyone who does not share his world-view. So much for rationality. His atheism is not a scientific position but a philosophical one. 

In contrast, Scripture tells us that for those who observe nature without philosophical bias, they will hear God's voice in its beauty and glory. And this has been the experience of many people in the East who are converting to Christianity, who are not blinded by the self-delusions of Richard Dawkins. And it is not true that we need to be "raised" to believe God from childhood either. Many Christians in Asia were former atheists when we were young and only became Christians in the later years of our lives. His idea that religion is indoctrination is easily debunked.

Lord, thank You that in nature, You speak to those who want to hear. May Your voice be heard around the world by those who seek after You. Amen.

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