Theist Reads The God Delusion.
I really enjoy reading what the other side thinks. I think it is helpful to me as a believer as well as to learn from others no matter what their view is. I was fascinated by the viewpoint of Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion.
He made some very interesting remarks that I think is worth commenting on. Throughout his book he continually marveled at how natural selection worked as if it had thoughts and intentions. I find this kind of talk to be common among atheists today and somewhat odd. Unable to live in an impersonal universe in which everything is the product of blind chance, Richard Dawkins and others like him begin to ascribe personality and motives to the physical processes themselves. This is a very bizarre way of speaking.
Francis Crick halfway through his 'book The Origin of the Genetic Code begins to spell nature with a captial "N" and elsewhere speaks of natural selection as being "clever" and as "thinking" of what it will do, as does Dawkins. For Carl Sagan, the "Cosmos" which he always spells with a captial letter, obviously fills the role of a God-substitue. Though all these men profess not to believe in God, they smuggle in a God-substitute through the back door because they cannot bear to live in a universe in which everything is the chance result of impersonal force.
Secondly, atheists pride themselves on being rational and logical. Yet, most atheists have not thought about the logical conclusion of atheism. If God does not exist, then there is no ultimate meaning to an atheists life. Oh sure they can make up some meaning and purpose for existence but that is just self delusion, because ultimately their is no meaning, no purpose to this life. We are all on this planet awaiting our execution, the heat death of the universe in which everyone will eventually die. Then it doesn't matter what accomplishments you have made here today. None of it will make any difference at all. If the atheists realizes that this is where atheism leads he cannot live a happy life.
But atheists do not live this way, they are good citizens, are respected members of the community and take care of their families as if there is a purpose. In this manner, the atheist is not consistent. If they consistenly live out the logical conclusion of their atheism and understand that it leads to despair, then they cannot be happy. If an atheist is happy he is not consistent. The atheist can do one or the other but he cannot do both.
Therefore is it possible that the atheist is the one that is delusional and not the theist? I think maybe so.
"An unexamined life is not worth living. An unexamined belief is not worth believing." - Dr. Abraham Vema