Dawkins: Giving Up God…Getting Freedom?

I would say, as an opening line, that from what I have read or heard from Dr. Richard Dawkins, we would probably never agree on anything unless it might be a favorite dish or say a travel destination.  Maybe we would like to drive the same type of car or appreciate a particular work of art?  So, when I recently viewed the conversation between Dawkins and Ben Stein that is included in the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, I was reminded again how differently Dawkins and I view the world.

In this interview, Dawkins commented on how he has heard from people who have given up religion, that they “feel a great sense of release and freedom.”  As I began ruminating on Dawkins comments, it made me think about the possibility of giving up religion.  What if I gave up religion (more specifically, Christianity)?  What would I be freed from?  Here is a partial list:

1)  a perfect example of how not to live a self absorbed life (Jesus).

2) the real key to happiness (putting others before yourself).

3) great advice on how to deal with people/life (Bible).

4) the reality that there is more to our existence than just the physical world.

5) comfort when experiencing pain/loss.

6) how to really have fun without chemicals, without carnal indulgence, and without having it at the expense of others.

7) loving others not because of what they can do for me but because they have great worth as creations of God.

8) receiving guidance/assurance when facing the crises of life.

9) the knowledge that there is a life full of utter contentment after death when in relationship with God.

10) Knowing that you have been forgiven at a great price and that in turn, you can forgive others through God’s own example.

In short, why would I want to be freed from the freedom giver?  No thank you, Dr. Dawkins.

 

 

 

First Blog

Thanks for visiting my blog site.  This is a place where I will share my views on different subjects that are of interest to me.  As stated in other parts of the website, my blogs will mostly deal with the intersection of Christian belief and modern culture.  I have  been interested in this area in recent years as I have seen in my lifetime a turn from traditional principles which I believe were central to the formation of our great country and yes, Western society in general.  I see this turn as an erosion of the strong foundations of American culture that were based upon principles derived from the Bible.  I do not think that my little blog will change the world.  Rather, hopefully it will be a place where  folks can come to and dialogue about issues facing all of us and what Scripture, logic, philosophy, and history may have to say on any given topic.

As the rest of my website attests to, I believe that there are great reasons to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  Not that this can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, as in a trial.  After all, the New Testament affirms that by “grace you have been saved through faith [in Jesus Christ] (Ephesians 2:8).”  However, there are great reasons to believe that Jesus Christ was and is what has been attested to in the New Testament narratives.  These reasons come from the New Testament writings themselves as well as from a chorus of historical characters who speak about Jesus.

As we exchange ideas, I fully expect that there will be a divergence of views shared here that I look forward to and am sure I will learn from.  Of course, I expect that we will disagree from time to time.  I only ask that we stay away from personal attacks and try to stick to the topic at hand.  I would also ask that our blog entries not be excessively long where the entry rivals the page count of War and Peace.  So, if we could keep the entries reasonable in length and stay on topic, it would be appreciated.   I look forward to our exchanges and hope that they will be beneficial to all who participate.