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Richard Dawkins wrote a book called The God Delusion recently. As you could guess from the title, he is an atheist. He also wrote an article online called “Why there almost certainly isn’t a God”, which I will respond to rather than the book because you can read it online for free.
It is important for an atheist to shut the logic door on God completely. If the existence of God is possible, then divine revelation and miracles are possible, a state of events that is anathema to an atheist.
There are two questions that Dawkins fails to answer sufficiently. The first is the argument from experience. Dawkins dislikes the argument from experience, which is fine, until you realise that if he had experienced God himself, he wouldn’t be dissing the argument.
The most perplexing question for an atheist to answer is “How did the universe come into being without God?”. Dawkins throws his considerable intelligence at this question, but his answer left me flabbergasted. I could not believe the answer he gave for this foundational question of atheism.
Dawkins’ answer to the question is simply this: instead of a God, there are lots and lots of other universes out there. We happen to be in this one simply because it is capable of sustaining life, whereas the other universes are not. This is his alternative to an “improbable” God. Pity it has no evidence.
Which is more improbable, dear reader? The existence of God, or the existence of an almost infinite amount of alternate universes?
The atheist claims to have no evidence for God. In reality, there is tonnes and tonnes of evidence, enough to fill many books, but it is all anecdotal so the atheist won’t accept it. Incidentally, holocaust deniers won’t accept anecdotal evidence either, not even that of thousands of eyewitnesses. (Hardly a fair comparison I know, but you’ll notice that hasn’t stopped me from making it.)
I don’t think the existence of all those other universes would sufficiently answer the question anyway. If they were all there, the question would have to be asked: How did they all get there? Something like that doesn’t just happen, after all. What caused all those universes to come into being?
Is there an acceptable atheistic answer to the question? Perhaps, each universe gives birth to another as it dies, and so on, until the last universe gives birth to the first one, in an infinite loop. Thus we would have a closed system of universes with no divine loose ends. Which is fine, until someone asks, “Who or what set that up then?” and we are back where we started.
Ultimately there is only one logical end point to all this, or “beginning point” if you will. There is, as improbable as it may seem, an uncaused Creator.