Richard Dawkins to the Rescue By Steven Rowitt, Ph.D.
I will admit that the title of this article is somewhat misleading concerning Dr. Dawkins. I will also acknowledge that I have little personal respect for someone who has made it his life’s work to ridicule those who place their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This includes a distain for the gospel and the redemptive work of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, although Dawkins pays lip service to the humanist version of the Savior.
Dawkins is a prolific writer and lecturer. He takes immense pleasure in using the English language to impugn the Creator by personally maligning Him and those who place their faith in Him. While Dawkins is fond of Jesus the man, calling him a great moral teacher (Oddie, 2011), he considers all those who place their faith in the God of the Bible as being worthy of the utmost mockery and contempt (Barber, 2012).
Dawkins has written several books promoting the superiority of atheism over what he refers to as the religious mythology of Bible. According to Dawkins, this includes the Judaism from which Christianity arose (Bingham, 2012). Aside from reviving some of the vilest anti-Semitic characterizations ever employed against the God of Israel, (and by association the Jewish people), Dawkins (2008) takes great delight in reading his characterization of Jehovah to Ben Stein during an interview that appeared in the 2008 documentary Expelled (Miller, Stein & Ruloff, 2008).
You might want to know what is prompting this article concerning Dawkins. I was reading the current issue of Smithsonian magazine when I came across a short piece by science writer, Ker Than (2012), entitled, Rocky Start: Did meteorites seed Earth with the building blocks of life? Than begins the article by evoking what has come to be known as the Murchison meteorite, e.g. a 1969 meteorite that fell in Murchison, Victoria Australia, that has yielded many organic compounds. This gave support to the concept that the seeds of life may have had a cosmic origin. In addition, perhaps they could have piggybacked off meteorites. This hypothetical hitchhiking model was first popularized by the co-discoverer of the double helical structure of DNA, Francis Crick, along with British chemist, Leslie Orgel, in their theory of Directed Panspermia (Crick & Orgel, 1973).
In order to support this “just so” story of evolutionary abiogenesis, Than cites the computer modeling of the University of Chicago planetary scientist, Fred Ciesla, and NASA astrophysicist, Scott Sanford. After factoring in a million years or so, give or take, what did their computer simulation produce? You guessed it, hitchhiking organic molecules such as amino acids, amphiphiles and nucleobases – the building blocks of proteins, cell membranes and RNA and DNA, respectively, (Than, 2012). Of course, the next step in this “just so” story of the origin of life theorizes these wayfaring building blocks of life find their way into the primordial soup, Mother Nature’s culture medium par excellence, right here on good old terra firma.
I am tempted to place this wishful thinking scenario into the category of, “If we think it, it will happen,” but I don’t want to associate what I consider a very good example of a Hollywood fantasy film genre at its best, Field of Dreams, with the musings of evolutionists, even allegedly computer literate evolutionists.
And this brings me back to the self-appointed spokesperson for all things atheistic, Richard Dawkins. I am still trying to understand how a biologist became the philosophical voice for atheism, but I digress. It is Richard Dawkins that Ker Than (or some editor, it is not clear) quotes in the Smithsonian article entitled, A Rocky Start. The quote, which appears as a caption next to a picture of a falling meteorite, is as follows:
“Something pretty mysterious had to give rise to the origin of the universe.”
Really, that’s it? Moreover, the musings do not stop there. Once you get evolutionists started, there’s no stopping them. This short article goes on to quote other evolutionary prognosticators who theorize that studies like these point to the possibility of life on other planets. Well, I would think they would. If a totally atheistic and materialistic origin for life cannot be found, what could possibly explain this “mysterious rise to the origin of the universe”…God? To Dawkins as well as other devoted atheistic evolutionists, that would truly be unthinkable.
Barber, La Shawn (2012). Richard Dawkins encourages atheists to mock and ridicule Christians.
World Today’s News/Christian Views. Accessed 1.29.13.
Bingham, John (2012). Richard Dawkins attacked for ‘anti-Semitic remarks about Jewish God.’
The Telegraph. Accessed 1q.29.13.
Crick, F., & Orgel, L. (1973). Directed Panspermia Hypothesis. Directed Panspermia suggests
that the seeds of life may have been purposely spread by an advanced extraterrestrial
civilization, or can be spread from Earth to other planets by humans.Panspermia-
Theory.com. Accessed 1.29.13.
Dawkins, Richard (2008). The God Delusion (as read to Ben Stein in Expelled: No Intelligence
Allowed, 2008). New York, NY: First Mariner Books, p. 51.
Miller, K., Stein, B., & Ruloff, W. (2008). Ben Stein versus Richard Dawkins interview (In
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed). The God of the Old Testament is arguably the
most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving
infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic,
capriciously malevolent bully. Accessed 1.29.13.
Oddie, William (2011). Professor Dawkins thinks that Jesus today would have been an atheist.
But would Dawkins have paid any attention to Him? Catholic Herald.co.uk. Accessed
Than, Ker (2012). Rocky Start: Did meteorites seed Earth with the building blocks of life? Smithsonian, Vol. 43, No. 10, p. 26.