Hypocrisy and Dishonesty Rolled Into One: Richard Dawkins’s ‘Science in the Soul’

by Tom Gilson

I happened across an interesting passage in a book I picked up at Barnes and Noble today. The author was reacting to a certain false view of God:

There really is a profound difference between an intelligent designer who is the product of a long period of evolution … and an intelligent designer who just happened, without any evolutionary history. … Hypothetical ‘designers’ jumped up from nothing cannot explain anything, because they cannot explain themselves.

He got pretty testy over this:

It is remarkable how common is this travesty of Christian theology. Any idiot can see that, if God really had ‘just happened,’ he couldn’t be the God Christians say he is; he couldn’t be any kind of monotheistic God at all. It is no surprise, therefore, that propagandists with their own reasons for wishing to discredit Christianity would put it about that God was just ‘jumped up from nothing.’

You don’t usually see Christians writing that kind of strong language in books. Maybe online, or maybe —

Wait! No!

But wait! No! I read that wrong! I’m so very, very sorry… I need to tell you the truth; what the book actually said. Yes, the opening quote on the “profound difference” is real. I took it straight from pages 201 and 202 of Richard Dawkins’s new book Science in the Soul.

The second quote, though, is my re-writing of something he said on page 227. There he was answering the claim, “Evolution also refers to the unproven belief that random, undirected forces produced a world of living beings.” And he wrote:

It is remarkable how common is this travesty of the Darwinian theory. Any idiot can see that, if Darwinism really were a random force, it could not possibly generate the elegantly adapted complexity of life. It is no surprise, therefore, that propagandists with their own reasons for wishing to discredit the theory would put it about that Darwinism is nothing more than random chance.

I hope you see my point already, but just in case, I’ll spell it out…

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Hypocrisy and Dishonesty Rolled Into One: Richard Dawkins’s ‘Science in the Soul’