Truth and Something Timeless

Words are our servants, not our masters. For different purposes we find it convenient to use words in different senses.“- Richard Dawkins

This quote often crosses my computer screen, generally unattributed, and it irritates me almost every time.  Dawkins dedicated his life to battling a deity that he doesn’t believe exists, and made remarkable headway in reinventing and redefining truth. Much of it at his servants’ (his own words’) expense.  You can, in fact, create exciting delusions by using the wrong word the wrong way. The game of Mad Libs is great fun, but it’s a poor way to develop theology or engineer structures.

Dawkins is not the first guilty one, of course.  Satan asked Eve in the Garden, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” in order to conveniently tempt the first woman.  Satan said the same essential thing several thousand years before Dawkins thought of it.  Bill Clinton sought to excuse himself by conveniently challenging the meaning of the verb to be: “it depends what your definition of ‘is‘ is,” might last longer than Dawkins effort, as the quintessential abuse of language.

The biggest problem is, you cannot reinvent something by redefining it, no matter how hard you believe it.  For a few brief instants, Dawkins will say perceptive things about God that exceed Dawkins’ understanding.  “A God capable of continuously monitoring and controlling the individual status of every particle in the universe cannot be simple. His existence is going to need a mammoth explanation in its own right.”

Absolutely!  And I can assure you, Mr. Dawkins, that your failings and inabilities prevent you from becoming a god. Your inadequacies (and mine) never prevent God from being God, or God becoming man.

Perhaps the finest professor in my own education was Dr. David Goldsmith at the humble Northern Michigan University.  He said, “Remember, the more precise your language and definitions, you closer you must be to reality. So, if you want to make your own world, stick entirely with reality and only focus on just one convincing lie.  Once the audience is hooked — only then can you add another. By the end of the book — if you’re J.R.R. Tolkien — they’ll believe anything.”

Precision words. Honest detail. Small lies.  Words are only masters when they represent the truth.

Summarizing Dawkins larger effort reduced to its most honest language: “God is an excuse,” he says, and “We can and will understand it all because it is rational and we can figure it out.”  From a Christian perspective, you are inexcusable, and if you think you can understand here and now you’re a fool. The Bible declares wisdom and knowledge incredible powers, tools, and things to be actively sought “day and night.” God is never an excuse.

The book of proverbs is full of exciting quotes about learning and wisdom.  I would suggest starting right at the beginning of Proverbs (1:7): “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In my life, “I don’t need help.  I can figure this out for myself,” is selfish, self-centered, self-serving, and often leads to another unpublished book. Dawkins wrote 18 (and published) that I know of.

Finally, Who first said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High’?”  If you guessed “Dawkins,” you’re wrong. It was Satan.  Again, Dawkins is just following and plagiarizing the leader . . .

Whom he also doesn’t believe in, but quotes.

Dawkins knows virtually for certain that random chance and any amount of time would never produce life, so his reductio ad absurdum is that some really advanced alien species may have planted life here. Not God, mind you.  Aliens?  Where’d they come from?

ET, phone home.  Quick.

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2 thoughts on “Truth and Something Timeless”

  1. I have read much of Dawkins and do not recall him presenting any alien genesis theory. Are you sure that wasn’t the nincompoop, Hitchens? Seems like something he might put forward.

  2. Dawkins never presents a credible source in his books. He has at least twice been pushed to admit that it remains absurdly improbable as a “natural event.” Once happened in this famous interview with Ben Stein in Expelled.
    He dug his own hole. The answers are completely his own during the Stein interview.
    And again at several conferences and in print in the LA Times article where he tries to undig himself. “Even if our species was created by space alien designers, those designers themselves would have to have arisen from simpler antecedents — so they can’t be an ultimate explanation for anything.”
    You know why he has this problem. He can’t even postulate a remotely plausible explanation for life. At all. But how many times can he say that? How can he insist “it just happened. Tens of thousands of sequential steps occasioned a sudden existence of a pool of proteins in precisely the right order in a puddle of ooze to randomly produce the first self-replicating, self-sustaining, self-feeding molecule that then began morphing and modifying itself for no reason to develop random arms and legs, eyes, ears, noses, stomachs,mouths, skin and bones in a good order for absolutely no reason, by processes that we can’t even speculate, for an end we do not have, without tools or helps, aid or idea.
    Aliens sounds better, because that can extend this chance another 18 billion years, but of course it simply dodges the answer.

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