Theism and atheism offer two divergent explanations for the world we live in. One presupposes the existence of a God and the other denies his existence based on the manifest deficiencies of revelation. Richard Dawkins paints theism as fundamentally delusional in his aptly named work “The God Delusion.” Dawkins lays out an interesting series of arguments but fails to resolve several key issues that lie at the heart of religion.
First, let’s start with the main contention of Mr. Dawkin’s which is that “God doesn’t exist.” From this, it follows that belief in God is simply a childhood delusion no serious man of science can hold. Frankly, there is a secondary question Dawkins fails to address that needs to be answered in order for his atheism to be reasonable. If God does not exist now, can it be proven he will not exist in the future? We might accept the proposition that God does not exist now, but there are still two other questions to answer. Did God exist in the past? Will God exist in the future?
What if God exists?
If God exists at any moment outside of time, then he exists for all time. Given my own experience with history, humans have no trouble creating “idols” so what is to stop us from creating “God” in the future. One of the hallmarks of sci-fi is that high technology bears a resemblance to “magic.” This position is highly heretical for any theist to contemplate since it undermines his entire world view. Just because something does not exist now does not mean it will in the future. What happens when God evolves from the universe?
Now Mr. Dawkins and I do share a similar disdain for the folly of organized religion and prelates. True religion has no place for intermediaries with the divine. This seems to be a fair criterion when speaking about dogma.