It was the summer of 2016 when I found myself in a small thrift store in Crestone, Colorado. Crestone is a peculiar place to put it gently, so I was very interested to see what I would find there. As I was skimming through the book section, one particular book stood out: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
The book had a shiny silver cover, with a catchy bright orange spot, both of which caught my eye. The book was only 25 cents. Originally published in 2005, I have been hesitant to buy the book for quite some time because I did not want to financially support the author. However, it was only a quarter…
And, Crestone did not let me down either. Inside the cover of the book was a personally typed note from one of the previous owners named Allan Colon. Mr. Colon struggles with English, nonetheless the note was still legible.
The note was a lengthy personal story of Alan’s journey through life trying to find the truth. This book helped him draw some conclusions (though he does disagree with Dawkins on much apparently). However, most of the note was to warn the owner of the book (yours truly) of Extraterrestrial life, the presence of UFO visits to the valley we both live in, and provide personal and second hand testimonies of encounters with alien life. Mr. Colon left a number to reach him at. He never got back to me.
Richard Dawkins needs little to no introduction. With the passing of Christopher Hitchens, he likely holds the chair of the world’s most famous Atheist. He has publicly made his position known for quite some time, and is widely revered by anti-Christianity circles worldwide.
I know the waves this book made when it was catapulted into the public stream. I know, in its wake, it has had a monumental influence on many people, and I know that many Christians smarter than myself have responded with lengthy novels of their own.
However, I have thoroughly enjoyed my switch to WordPress; it has been worth the money. I wanted to kick off my new format with a fun series. Thus, I am going to provide (hopefully once a week) a brief response to what I determine to be the heart of each chapter, from a Presuppositional approach.
I need to make a few qualifications:
I do not do this because I think I need to. I know many have responded to this book. This is because I think I will enjoy it, and I think many of my readers will too.
This will not be a point by point refutation. That would require a novel. This will only address what I consider to be the general thrust of each chapter or sub-chapter.
At 420 pages, this book is lengthy. This may take me a while. My goal is to finish one chapter a week. But this blog is not my highest priority; if I get busy, it will take a back seat.
This also means if I do not believe this to be fruitful, especially since the book is so old and I am so late to the game, that I may back out altogether.
I do plan on starting another series refuting Roman Catholicism in the Fall due to the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, so I would like to finish this series prior to September.
Lastly, one of the most important purposes of my blog site, Resisting the Winds, is to address current cultural events from a Christian worldview (think the poor man’s The Briefing). I fully expect, as well as hope, to write many other blogs during the length of this blog.
However, many of my Christian friends enjoy the Atheist – Christian debate, and so I am praying this will be fun and edifying to all my social media friends.
I will not get in to the content of the book in this blog as this is only an introduction. However, I would like to conclude by noting the dedication of the book.
Dawkins remembers Douglas Adams (1952-2001), and quotes him saying,
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
I wonder if Douglas Adams would apply that same logic to a painting…
Is it not enough to believe that a painting is beautiful without having to believe that there’s an author behind it too?