Richard Dawkins The God Delusion Analysis

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“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” So says the infamous British atheist, Richard Dawkins in his 2006 bestseller, The God Delusion. As the most influential atheist since Madelyn Murray O’Hare, Dawkins argues that God does not exist and Christianity is a crude farce…because of the “evidence.” Dawkins goes on to audaciously spout that because of “available evidence and reasoning...it is possible to mount a serious historical case that Jesus never lived at all.” But even the most secular parochial historians admit that Jesus’ existence is undeniable. So much for making assertions based on “the evidence.” How can a self-proclaimed, so-called world class scientist boldly assert that, based on the evidence,…show more content…
Just before Jesus went back to heaven He said to His Apostles, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-8). This passage is loaded with legal, courtroom terminology. Jesus refers to “judgment” and “convict.” He calls the Holy Spirit a “Helper,” or literally, “Advocate” which is a formal representative in a court of law. He mentions “sin” and “righteousness” which are words for “right” and “wrong”—the subjects of every hearing and court case. Here Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will carry out a ministry of acting as the prosecuting attorney of the soul, convicting all unbelievers continually about the truth, using divine revelation in tandem with their ever-present conscience. This work of the Holy Spirit is non-stop, universal, real and efficacious. He makes sinners feel guilt. All humans feel guilt. Guilt is evidence that the Holy Spirit is doing His job, just as Jesus…show more content…
Paul the Apostle, who was formerly a Christian killer, became an evangelist, missionary, church-planter and pastor for the cause of Jesus. He went into the pagan city of Athens, Greece and preached the gospel to secular philosophers in the Areopagus on Mars Hill. Paul told the crowds there that they needed to repent of their sin against their Creator (Acts 17:30) because “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (17:31). God has “furnished proof”—that is “evidence.” God will “judge”—that is legal, courtroom terminology. The “proof” or “evidence” is Jesus’ resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus was a historical event witnessed by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6-7). Eyewitness testimony/evidence is accepted in the courtroom today. A naysayer can dismiss, marginalize, misinterpret or distort the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection, but it is authoritative, binding, irrevocable evidence nonetheless. And it will be the standard by which God judges every soul in the next

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