Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dawkins and Atheism

Just come back from a suburban London shopping centre. Entered a bookstore and found a book named 'The God Delusion' or something similar written by Professor Dawkins. This guy is the living incarnation of atheism, they wheel him out on the tv with monotonous regularity, last year he even had his own series. And yet ironically while briefly leafing through his book I noticed he whines how atheists are unaccepted by society. The fact that his book is the most prominent in every waterstones bookstore in the country, that he gets invited on every tv debate regarding religion, and that he had his own documentary broadcast does not stop him playing the poor little intellectual, rejected by a society that does not know how to value his greatness! I find his venomous attacks on religion quite amusing, he really works himself up into a frenzy. You can see this man has no calm, he is deeply disturbed. Not content with accepting that his life is without purpose, he has dedicated his career to trying to prove that everyone elses life is without purpose also.
Ultimately what atheist individuals are asking us to believe is that the universe has no meaning. However if the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. They also ask us to believe in Reason coming from non-reason, as if human minds can come from nowhere. Thirdly these atheists know that they have to reconcile the moral instinct that they cannot deny exists within humanity, with atheistic philosophy. Their answer is that we have evolved this capacity for the good of society, so that it may function more smoothly. However according to this line of thought, unless I have a vested interest in doing good, because I think I am going to be rewarded/accepted by society I should have no inclination to behave in a morally acceptable way. This is not real morality, for it is limited and selfish, and will break down the moment the social structure comes under threat. As Dostoyevsky rightly said: 'If there is no God, everything is permitted'. There can be no objective morality or natural justice unless God exists.I dont pretend that these short points I have tried to explain can in any way be considered proof of Gods existance. But if one has lost his way in the woods and is looking for the way home and having found somebody asks him: "Is there a way out here?" And the other one answers: "No and don't look for it, settle in here as you can" so would one believe him? I doubt it. Would not he search further? And finding another man, who would say: "Yes, there is a way out, I'll tell you the signs and marks how you can get home", - would not one believe him? The same happens, when one chooses his views between religion and atheism. As long as a person retains a spark of searching for the truth, for the sense of life, he cannot accept the concept, that at the end he as a personality and accordingly all other people will find eternal death, and on the way to it we should prepare better economical, social, political, cultural medium. And afterwards everything will be O.K. - tomorrow you will die and we will bury you at the cemetery. As long as you retain any hope, which is totally irrational unless justice exists, which is totally irrational unless God exists then you have to reject atheism!

Here is an article by an English Orthodox priest about Dawkins:
http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/sadness.htm
And at the risk of spoiling the asthetic appeal of my blog here is a picture of this sad old man:

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