Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Counterpoints: Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox on Religion and Atheism

Richard Dawkins: "Imagine, with John Lennon, a world with no religion. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/Palestinian wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as 'Christ-killers', no Northern Ireland 'troubles', no honor killings', no shiny-suited bouffant-haired televangelists fleecing gullible people of their money ('God wants you to give till it hurts').  Imagine no Taliban to blow up ancient statues, no public beheadings of blasphemers, no flogging of female skin for the crime of showing an inch of it."1

John Lennox: "You ask us to imagine with John Lennon a world without religion. Well I'd like you to imagine with John Lennox a world without atheism: with no Stalin, with no Mao, with no Pol Pot, today the heads of the three officially atheistic states. A world with no Gulag, no Cultural Revolution, no Killing Fields. I think that would be a world worth imagining too."2

To see the other posts in our "Counterpoints" series, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

Footnotes:
1. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, p. 1.
2. The God Delusion Debate: John Lennox vs. Richard Dawkins.  The transcript is here.

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