Richard Dawkins & The God Delusion

Are creationists delusional? Richard Dawkins argues the notion of God is a delusion and Darwinian evolution is the only true and rational explanation of the existence of all things. According to the logical law of bivalence this statement is either true or false. Douglas Groothius writes, in his book Christian Apologetics, “A belief or statement is true only if it matches with, reflects or corresponds to the reality it refers to.”[1] This leads one to the question, which worldview is valid? Darwinian evolution or Creationism? In this post, I will attempt to prove the assumptions of Dawkins to be illogical (or maybe downright delusional) and give credibility to the theory of Intelligent Design. Also, after illustrating the plausibility of creationism, I will share why I believe the Christian worldview is the most reasonable.

Which worldview corresponds with the scientific facts? Often, it is presumed Darwinians have the many fields of science in their corner, but this is merely an erroneous assumption. I will give three examples that wield the deathblow to the Darwinian worldview.

First, science has proven the universe is not eternal, but rather came into existence at a certain point in time. A majority of scientists adhere to the Big Bang theory to account for origins of the universe. Both Darwinians and creationist agree this is very acceptable, but the evolutionist has a difficult time explaining exactly how this enormous explosion happened from nothing. Nothing happening to nothing and igniting an explosion which in return causes everything to come to be is very illogical. However, if there was a God who initiated this explosion and created all things Ex Nihilo or out of nothing would be reasonable, because you must have a painter to have a painting.

Second, Darwinian evolution is at odds with the fossil record. In fact, Darwin was counting on future fossil discoveries to bolster his claim, but overtime this has not been the case. The Cambrian Explosion or a “the biological big bang” places the last nail in the coffin to Darwin’s theory. At this period of time, the fossil record shows an enormous amount of biological advancements in organisms that cannot be explained by Darwinian evolution. There is simply not enough time in this period to allow for Darwin’s theory of evolution to take place, but a creator could accomplish it! These advance organisms lead nicely to my final piece of evidence against macroevolution.

Third, Darwin’s theory cannot rectify the existence of irreducible complex molecular machines. For example, the bacterial flagellum. Biochemist Michael Behe states,

Just picture an outboard motor on a boat and you get a pretty good idea of how the flagellum functions, only the flagellum is far more incredible. The flagellum’s propeller is long and whip-like, made out of a protein called flagellin. This is attached to a drive shaft by hook protein, which acts as a universal joint, allowing the propeller and drive shaft to rotate freely. Several types of proteins act as a bushing material to allow the drive shaft to penetrate the bacterial wall and attach to the rotary motor.[2]

Evolution argues that this came in to existence over time, but without all of the aforementioned components the bacterial flagellum would not work. I have not mentioned the complexity of DNA information found in living cells! Evolutionist cannot explain these by natural selection, but intelligent design can!

After exploring how Darwinian evolution and intelligent design add up against only three scientific facts it is easy to see evolution falls drastically short. Darwinian evolution simple does not reflect or correspond with reality, thus it is false. Yet, intelligent design is a very logical assumption.

As promised, since I have only made an argument for intelligent design so far, I will now explain why I believe the Christian worldview is the most plausible of all. I will utilize the previous examples of scientific evidence to simplify my argument. First, Christianity has always agreed with science that the world was not eternal. This eliminates all religions that view the universe as ever-existing. The Bible clearly states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. … 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Gen 1:1, 3 KJV). This very well could be the scientific “Big Bang”. Second, the Cambrian Explosion can be explained by Genesis’ account of creation as well. It states, “25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good” (Gen 1:25 KJV). Furthermore, the intricate details of irreducible complex molecular machines and DNA are easily rectified with the Christian worldview.

What is the difference between Christianity’s claim and other monotheistic faiths, like Judaism and Islam? Why should it be chosen? In the following paragraphs I will answer these all important questions.

First, the differences between Christianity and other religions is that Christianity is incarnational. It claims this Creator-God came and dwelt among mankind in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Although, other religions may mention Jesus of Nazareth in their religious texts, only Christianity acknowledges Him as the Son of God. This statement is either true or false. Did Christ claim to be God? Some argue, like Islam, Christianity has perverted His teaching and distorted the Bible. But the Bible has a superb record for reflecting reality. For example, many outside sources corroborate the claims of Scripture, especially the Gospels. The four biographies can be trusted to depict the proper image of Jesus of Nazareth, because they were written by eyewitnesses or accomplices of these eyewitness within close proximity of the event happenings. The stories of Christ were pasted on orally for approximately 20 to 30 year (maybe less) and then written down with great historical accuracy. This may appear to be a long time, but in an oral culture this could be done without difficulty.

Secondly, the Christian worldview answers all the major question of where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? It does this without contradicting the scientific realities of the known universe. Also, the accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection have been meticulously passed down through the generation. Often, people will object saying it is anti-intellectual, unscientific, racist, sexist, homophobic, imperialistic, unconcerned for nature, and has unappealing view of afterlife, but not one of these claims can be found in the teachings of Christ when they are correctly expounded. I am convinced that the Christian worldview it the most logical.

In conclusion, are Christian creationist delusional? I believe the logic and scientific evidence speaks for themselves. Richard Dawkins may very well be guilty of exactly what he accuses creationists of being, delusional. There is no evidence to support macroevolution, in fact, all the evidence points to intelligent design. Furthermore, they do not merely point to ambiguous intelligent design, but to Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews states, “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:” (Heb 1:10 KJV). God is more than an emotional crutch for unintelligent people to learn on, but there is significant evidences to Him being the Eternal Mind that instituted and sustains all of the universe. The Christian worldview is not a delusion!

[1] Douglas Groothius, Christian Apologetics (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2011).124.

[2] Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 253.

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