RICHARD DAWKINS’ THE GOD DELUSION: AN ATHEIST SCIENCE CONFRONTS A SUPERSTITIOUS FAITH

Klaus Nürnberger

Abstract


Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion challenges theology to take the method and
mandate of science seriously (1 Cor 9:19-23). His argument is based on a naturalistic
metaphysic heavily biased against transcendence. Going through various stages
of emergence, cosmic evolution has led to a creature faced with options that have
consequences and demand accountability. A transcendent frame of reference that
provides meaning, criteria of acceptability and authority is indispensable for human
life. His theory of evolution is, therefore, deficient in terms of an experiential approach
to reality. But it also challenges theology to integrate best science or lose its
plausibility. The Christian faith assumes that its notion of God, though provisional,
partial and problematic, reflects the self-disclosure of the creative and redemptive
intentionality of the ultimate Source and Destiny of reality, the very reality that we
experience and which the sciences explore.

Keywords


Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Science and Faith, Evolution and Faith, Emergence and Transcendence

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/101-0-641

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