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Dealing with Dawkins Paperback – March 1, 2010
'Perfect for our sceptical times, this book will demonstrate to any open-minded reader that, contrary to Dawkins' atheistic claims, biblical Christianity is reliable and relevant, powerful and persuasive.'--Professor Edgar H. Andrews BSc, PhD, Dsc, FInstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has written 30 books, including two of Britain's most widely used evangelistic presentations, Right With God and the booklet Ultimate Questions. The latter has over fourteen million copies in print in about 60 languages. His major book Does God believe in Atheists?, published in 2000, was voted 'Best Christian Book' in the 2001 UK Christian Book Awards, and immediately became a best-seller, described as 'a brilliant defense of belief in God'.
More recent books include The Hitch-hikers Guide to Heaven and Why are you here? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The God of the Bible, by the revelation He has given to humankind, has given us true knowledge of ourselves and our world (including the spiritual dimension), without which we would lack full understanding of it. As Blanchard also makes clear, God, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, has graciously provided a way of escape from a horrific peril we humans face, that being the ruination of our nature through sin (breaking the laws of life and love), at great cost to Himself. In this He has provided forgiveness of sin and cleansing from it, and eternal life in a sinless and pristine world that He shall bring forth after the day of judgment.
Not all women and men have faith, and some ridicule those who do, but Blanchard in this little book (less than 100 small pages) gives very good answers to Dawkins' opinions, such that enable a defense of the faith to those who use *The God Delusion* to attack them. Brevity and depth are strong points of *Dealing with Dawkins*.
Blanchard shows that the gospel of Christ is historically verifiable, intellectually sound, and of supreme spiritual importance -- indeed, life-or-death important, seeing that Jesus died for sinners, in their place, that all who trust Him should not be condemned, but made righteous in God's eyes by faith. Highly recommended.
No culture-engaging Christian should be without it. No thinking atheist should be without it lest he buy into Dawkins' foolishnes and embarrass himself. Blanchard quotes a number of well-respected atheists and philosophers who publicly deny the validity of Dawkins' thinking and presentation. Concerning Dawkins' interpretation of humans as biological machines Antony Flew wrote "None of it is true or even faintly sensible." Michael Ruse wrote "The God Delusion makes me ashamed to be an atheist." Blanchard does an excellent job of answering each of Dawkins' suppositions but then again, Dawkins helps Blanchard's arguments. Someone needed to collect Dawkins' various speeches, interviews and writings to evidence the myriad false statements, contradictions and diatribe. Blanchard has done just that and more.
Simply by quoting Dawkins, Blanchard allows the former to expose the unreasonableness of his own thinking. With 189 quotes/references in 86 pages (from many sources other than Dawkins as well) Dawkins does a very good job of demolishing his own faith system. There are multitudes but here are a few examples:
In response to the question, "What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it," Dawkins replied "I believe that all life, all intelligence, all creativity and all 'design' anywhere in the universe is a direct or indirect product of Darwinian natural selection."
Wait there's more: Who authored this quote, "Science has no way to disprove the existence of a supreme being." Answer: Richard Dawkins. Who said, "Ultimately, the history of science is a history of best guesses." Richard Dawkins.
Who considers the untold number of human atrocities driven by the atheistic philosophies of the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, Cambodia, North Korea, various coutries in Africa, Afghanistan, Vietnam and multiple countries in Eastern Europe to be "local and temporary setbacks" to the "advancing wave" of moral and ethical standards of evolution while blaming religion for all the evil in the world? Richard Dawkins.
Who said "Science has the answer for everything" but also said "Science has no methods for deciding what is ethical." Richard Dawkins.(Does this guy read his own material or listen to what he is saying?)
Who said, "Fortunately, however, morals do not have to be absolute?" Richard Dawkins. To which Blanchard replies, "He offers no proof for this, which is hardly surprising, as the idea self-destructs. The claim makes a moral statement, but if morals do not have to be absolute, we cannot be absolutely sure that the statement is absolutely true."
This goes on page after page after page. In addition to kindly (both men are British) yet successfully countering Dawkins' thinking Blanchard allows Dawkins' own words to implode his theories. The book should really be titled, "The Demise of Dawkins(ism)." While Blanchard is extremely careful to show respect to Dawkins while simultaneously deconstructing Dawkins' thinking, two thoughts are self-evident about Dawkins. First, the man is a genius. He has made millions of dollars selling snake oil and most of the money has probably come from Christians. Second, with all 'due' respect, the man is a better comedian than defender of his faith.
But finally, (and I am sure this is an unintended consequence of reading this book) one takes from this book the sad realization that Richard Dawkins will exxagerate anything, speak things known to be false, make up words, create false scientific concepts, intentionally misrepresent history, publicly castigate those who personally or professionally disagree and even contradict himself to 'preach' his message of Darwinism and evolution. Unlike Blanchard, I have often been angry with Dawkins. Now I just pity him.
Blanchard quotes bits of the "proof beyond all doubt" and "proof beyond reasonable doubt" distinction in the opening chapter of The Greatest Show on Earth without clearly stating it. Blanchard then argues against evolution as "beyond reasonable doubt" by quoting Dawkins using "proof beyond all doubt" in another context on a wider subject.
Blanchard criticises Dawkins for trying to base arguments in the improbability of God. But Dawkins simply does no such thing. Dawkins uses probability to *characterise* his attitude to God not to *determine* it.
Blanchard attacks Dawkins criticisms of the behaviours caused by religions. His counter argument is that Christianity would like its followers to behave differently.
Throughout all this is the irritating attitude that to quote the Bible is relevant in an argument against an atheist. In a book of less than ninety pages we could do without biblical quotes and references crowding out actual arguments about the actual matter at hand.
All in all, far from dealing with Dawkins this book fails even to engage with him.