Monday, October 01, 2007

The "God Delusion" Debate

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Dr. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University will debate Dr. John Lennox, Reader in Mathematics and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green College, University of Oxford on the topic of the existence of God.

I've never heard of this Dr. Lennox. Fixed Point has this to say:
Lennox, a popular Christian apologist and scientist, travels widely speaking on the interface between science and religion. Like Dawkins, he has dedicated his career to science, but he has arrived at very different conclusions. "It is the very nature of science that leads me to belief in God," he says. Lennox possesses doctorates from Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Wales. He has written a response to the notion that Science has exposed the Bible as obscurantist in a book titled God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? The book will be published this fall.
This should be an interesting debate. For more on each participant, see Richard Dawkins and John Lennox. For more on the debate, go here. For live, online streaming of the debate, go here.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

ps: Did you all know that Richard Dawkins advocates giving certain moral and legal rights to.....great apes? (see the Great Ape Project). Am I the only one who thinks that it is a little odd for Dawkins to fight for the moral rights of anything?

1 comment:

JTA said...

I'm curious about this idea that atheists can't have morality.

Suppose you were to be convinced that God does not exist. Would you then give up all of your moral convictions? You would think it was OK to kill your family and rape children?

Perhaps the response is, "I cannot even conceive of a world where God does not exist." Really? Suppose time travel was invented and we discovered that Jesus lied or his claims were exaggerated by his followers, and could confirm that every purported instance of divine intervention in human history had a natural explanation. Further, suppose that scientists explained every aspect of human behavior and developed a theory of everything that even explained how the universe came to be without recourse to a supernatural designer (I'm not asking you to suppose that this is likely to happen, just to acknowledge it is a logical possibility). In that case, you would then decide to abandon all of your moral convictions?

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