"One of Britain's leading philosopher--theologians, Keith Ward is at home in the world of philosophy: a world of clear definitins, sharp arguments and diverse conclusions. By contrast, when Dawkins enters this world his passion tends to get the better of him: he descends into sterotyping, pastiche and mockery, no longer approaching things with his uusual seriousness and care. In this stimulating and thought-provking philosophical challenge, Ward demonstrates not only how Dawkins' arguments are flawed, but also that a perfectly rational case can be made that there is, almost certainly, a God." -- Back cover.
In this open-minded and innovative philosophical challenge, theologian David Ward addresses Dawkins's various ideas with sharp, clear arguments.
Author: Keith Ward
Publisher: Lion Books
The postulate of molecules-to-human evolution by natural selection (evolutionism), like creationism, cannot be demonstrated empirically. Therefore, the creationism-evolutionism controversy offers a choice between intelligent design (ID) by God and unintelligent design (UNID) by evolutionary selection. Scientists are split on philosophical grounds; for instance, Albert Einstein favoured ID whereas Richard Dawkins champions UNID. In 2005 physicist and information theorist Hubert Yockey established that the origin of life is unknowable through science. Accordingly, the origin of species is indeterminable by scientific methods. In 2007 distinguished philosopher Antony Flew, once a leading atheist, concluded after fifty years of studying scientific evidence that God designed the world. In reality, designers claim products; no product of a process can account for how it was designed or its ontology. The battle between the supporters of Dawkins and the late Stephen Jay Gould over the dynamics of evolution affirms this fact. John Rennie, the editor of Scientific American, has suggested that one way to override a purely evolutionary worldview would entail the creator/s appearing and claiming credit. Michael Ebifegha's The Death of Evolution provides details of God's ancient claim for having created the universe. Dawkins' The God Delusion fails to address this historical event; hence, his statement that "There almost certainly is no God" is flawed. The delusion as such is not about God but about materialism. Imposing materialism as the dead-end to all scientific investigation is tantamount to a version of fundamentalism that results in intellectual delusion. Both scientific evidence and philosophical analysis point to God as the Creator. God, moreover, affirms agency historically in a speech before an audience. Continued insistence on Darwinian evolution as the originating force brings scientific integrity into question. Dr. Michael Ebifegha is a Science and Mathematics Instructor at the Toronto District School Board.
Continued insistence on Darwinian evolution as the originating force brings scientific integrity into question. Dr. Michael Ebifegha is a Science and Mathematics Instructor at the Toronto District School Board.
Author: Michael Ebifegha
Publisher: Xulon Press
In recent years, a number of works have appeared with important implications for the age-old question of the existence of a god. These writings, many of which are not by theologians, strengthen the rational case for the existence of a god, even as this god may not be exactly the Christian God of history. This book brings together for the first time such recent diverse contributions from fields such as physics, the philosophy of human consciousness, evolutionary biology, mathematics, the history of religion, and theology. Based on such new materials as well as older ones from the twentieth century, it develops five rational arguments that point strongly to the (very probable) existence of a god. They do not make use of the scientific method, which is inapplicable to the question of a god. Rather, they are in an older tradition of rational argument dating back at least to the ancient Greeks. For those who are already believers, the book will offer additional rational reasons that may strengthen their belief. Those who do not believe in the existence of a god at present will encounter new rational arguments that may cause them to reconsider their opinion.
Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God Robert H. Nelson. 69. 70. Brown, Ultimate Concern, 35. Ward, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God, 20. See also Ward, The Evidence for God, 30–38, 72–75. 71.
Author: Robert H. Nelson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Distinguished philosopher Keith Ward here weighs in on what are perhaps the greatest metaphysical quandaries of our time: is the human mind merely an intricate mass of nerve cells and synapses, or is it something more? Are human beings simply accidental results of millions of genetic copying-mistakes and freak accidents of nature, or is there actually something deeper and more sublime at the heart of both material reality and human existence? Using philosophical and metaphysical reflections rather than religious considerations Ward argues, winsomely and intelligently, that human consciousness does in fact transcend our physical bodies. Moreover, he posits, the fact that we are more than matter not only has profound implications for our human worth but also provides clues to the nature, value, and purpose of the cosmos.
Distinguished philosopher Keith Ward here weighs in on what are perhaps the greatest metaphysical quandaries of our time: is the human mind merely an intricate mass of nerve cells and synapses, or is it something more?
Author: Keith Ward
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
C. S. Lewis--On the Christ of a Religious Economy. II. Knowing Salvation, opens with a discussion of the Anscombe-Lewis debate (the theological issues relating to revelation and reason, Christ the Logos). This leads into Lewis on the Church (the body of Christ) and his understanding of religion: how is salvation enacted through the churches, how do we know we are saved? This concludes with, for Lewis, the question of sufferance and atonement, substitution and election, deliverance and redemption: heaven, hell, resurrection, and eternity--Christ's work of salvation on the cross. What did Lewis say of humanity in relation to God, now Immanuel, God with us, incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and ascended for humanity? What of Lewis's own death, and that of his wife? What does this tell us about the triune God of Love, who is Love? This volume forms the second part of the third book in a series of studies on the theology of C. S. Lewis titled C. S. Lewis: Revelation and the Christ. The books are written for academics and students, but also, crucially, for those people, ordinary Christians, without a theology degree who enjoy and gain sustenance from reading Lewis's work. www.cslewisandthechrist.net
assertions to read that there is “almost certainly no God”?39 If a ship has nearly, but not quite, docked, then it cannot be said to be docked, even if it is in the process of docking; if a plane has almost certainly taken-off, ...
Author: P. H. Brazier
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The Victorian era was the first great ";Age of Doubt"; and a critical moment in the history of Western ideas. Leading nineteenth-century intellectuals battled the Church and struggled to absorb radical scientific discoveries that upended everything the Bible had taught them about the world. In "The Age of Doubt," distinguished scholar Christopher Lane tells the fascinating story of a society under strain as virtually all aspects of life changed abruptly. In deft portraits of scientific, literary, and intellectual icons who challenged the prevailing religious orthodoxy, from Robert Chambers and Anne Bronte; to Charles Darwin and Thomas H. Huxley, Lane demonstrates how they and other Victorians succeeded in turning doubt from a religious sin into an ethical necessity. The dramatic adjustment of Victorian society has echoes today as technology, science, and religion grapple with moral issues that seemed unimaginable even a decade ago. Yet the Victorians'; crisis of faith generated a far more searching engagement with religious belief than the ";new atheism"; that has evolved today. More profoundly than any generation before them, the Victorians came to view doubt as inseparable from belief, thought, and debate, as well as a much-needed antidote to fanaticism and unbridled certainty. By contrast, a look at today';s extremes-;from the biblical literalists behind the Creation Museum to the dogmatic rigidity of Richard Dawkins';s atheism-;highlights our modern-day inability to embrace doubt."
“Why there almost certainly is no God” is his preferred statement, though he cannot quite give up that “almost” (GD, 111). Yet he quotes Huxley's famous statement in “Agnosticism” (1889): “I was quite sure I had not [solved the problem ...
Author: Christopher Lane
Publisher: Yale University Press
The War on God is part of the heated ongoing debate between the new atheists and traditional Christianity. Packed with ideas, it argues that science must have priority over all else, but then goes on to insist that miracles and paranormal phenomena do existwitness W. B. Yeats, for exampleand should be studied scientifically as never before, for they are the royal road to a possible supernatural realm. The book seeks to merge science and religion and thus reconcile these two components of the human experience. It traces the history of the clash between science and religion from its earliest beginnings to the present day, looks at the current arguments of the two sides, and questions both the conclusions of the new atheists and those of the churches. Ways out of the current impasse are explored.
If evolution is correct, does this mean that there is no God, no afterlife, no immortality? Are we tiny, forgotten insects on a fragile small planet in a corner of an infinite universe? “Why There Almost Certainly is no God” Richard ...
Author: Christoher S. Nassaar
'Timely, impassioned and brilliantly argued' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times 'A spirited and exhilarating read' Joan Bakewell, Guardian Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
If your thoughts run along those lines, I hope you will gain enlightenment from Chapter 4 on “Why there almost certainly is no God. Far from pointing to a designer, the illusion of design in the living world is explained with far ...
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Random House
"Can't you hear those little bells tinkling? Down on your knees! They're bringing the sacraments to a dying God," wrote Heinrich Heine in 1834. It took a while but today it is happening. Across the Western world the traditional picture of God is dying, and institutional religion collapsing. Today we are trying something never done before, living with no agreed narrative that tells us who we are and with a materialist view of life. It isn't enough. An idea of God may have died but the mystery of our human life is of an inner depth which is not simply physical or material. Marvel, mystery, wonder, beauty, love, the numinous, the mysterium tremendum, remain the essence of who we are. What I am trying to do is describe this experience in such a way that those who have not had it can get a glimpse of it from inside and understand how it can give a life meaning and purpose. This is explored through a liberal Christian tradition committed to social justice and honest exploration. Scripture is vital to this but so are art, poetry, music, and beauty. When most people are looking the other way, we must keep the rumor of God alive.
Is There a God? Oxford: Oxford University Press, ... Through Mud and Barbed Wire: Paul Tillich, Teilhard de Chardin and God after the First World. N.p.: Self-published, 2017. ... Why There Almost Certainly Is a God. Oxford: Lion, 2008.
Author: Martin Camroux
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What would happen if you faced your doubts, set aside your preconceptions, and decided to follow the path of truth wherever it might lead? Most people, whether believers or atheists, doggedly defend what they have always believed. Many see this as an expression of faith. Yet, there is something almost inexpressibly sad about the plight of people living out their lives in reliance upon beliefs they dare not question. Perhaps that is why many of us come to a point at which we feel compelled to pursue the truth, no matter what the implications. But even if we found the courage to embark upon such a journey, could we really find a path through the scientific, philosophical, experiential, and theological thickets that surround the great questions of life? And if we did, would we know the truth and be set free? Would we be forced to face a long-feared despair? Or would we find ourselves still staring impotently at an enigmatic universe? This is a book unlike any other. It addresses these questions with unflinching honesty, drawing evidence from a diversity of scientific fields and subjecting the competing arguments to rigorous skeptical analysis.
Whilst not raised in the chapter, “Why there almost certainly is no God,” dawkins and others have also relied upon the so called 'epicurean paradox' which suggests that, if God existed, he would intervene to prevent human suffering. i ...
Author: Ken Crispin
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Atheism is on the march in the western world, and its enemy is God. Religion, the "New Atheists" claim, "is dangerous", it "kills" or "poisons everything". And if religion is the problem with the world, their answer is simple: get rid of it. But are things really so straightforward? Tackling the likes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett head on, John Lennox highlights the fallacies in the their approach, arguing that their irrational and unscientific methodology leaves them guilty of the same obstinate foolishness of which they accuse dogmatic religious folks. Erudite and wide-ranging, Gunning for God packs some debilitating punches. It also puts forward new ideas about the nature of God and Christianity that will give the New Atheists' best friends and worst enemies alike some stimulating food for thought.
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (hereafter GD), London, Bantam Press, 2006. 2. Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of ... Keith Ward, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God, Oxford, Lion Hudson, 2008. 26. David Bentley Hart, The Dawkins ...
Author: John Lennox
Publisher: Lion Books
In 1925, the State of Tennessee enacted a law that prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools, specifically, that man came from apes. The law was immediately challenged by the ACLU and pitted two famous lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, a religious Fundamentalist and one-time presidential candidate, in a bruising contest. The case became famous, known as the Monkey Trial.In this fictional trial, a high school teacher was fired for introducing religion into his biology class in the form of criticism of Darwinism. The trial involves expert witnesses from a variety of fields who defend and attack Darwinism, but not merely from a biology point-of-view. There are deep religion/atheism, legal, political, philosophical and cultural issues that are at stake and reflect today's bifurcated society.The Supreme Court cases in the past fifty years on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment are demonstrated as in disarray especially in school-religion cases. The famous bioatheist, Richard Dawkins, is called out for his trenchant criticism of Christians and distortion of Darwinism to achieve his ends.The lawyers are cut from vastly different cloth - an ex-Vietnam soldier and an anti-war conscientious objector. But the scientific and religious experts do most of the talking from the witness stand.The present book describes the preparation for and First Week of Trial.
For example, in his excellent book, Why ere Almost Certainly Is a God,10 Keith Ward, whom I previously mentioned, devastatingly destroys Dawkins' argument that there almost certainly is not a God. But Ward consistently refers to ...
Author: Paul Adams
Publisher: eBook Partnership
A study of how religion goes public in today's world. Based on over three years of anthropological research, Matthew Engelke traces how a small group of socially committed Christians tackles the challenge of publicity within what it understands to be a largely secular culture.
“Doing God”: A Future for Faith in the Public Square. London: Theos. ———. 2009. ... Rescuing Darwin: God and Evolution in Britain Today. London: Theos. ... Ward, Keith. 2008. Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: References | 265.
Author: Matthew Engelke
Publisher: Univ of California Press
The third edition of a standard textbook in Religion and Science - already a classic!
... (Oxford: Clarendon Press) (2003) God: A Guide for the Perplexed (Oxford: Oneworld) (2008a) The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press) (2008b) Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: ...
Author: Christopher Southgate
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Although much has been said and written about coincidences, there is a marked absence when it comes to the development of a comprehensive model that incorporates the many different ways in which they can be understood and explained. One reason for this omission is undoubtedly the sharp divide that exists between those who find coincidences meaningful and those who do not, with the result that the conclusions of the many books and articles on the subject have tended to fall into distinct camps. The Many Faces of Coincidence attempts to remedy this impasse by proposing an inclusive categorisation for coincidences of all shapes and sizes. At the same time, some of the implications arising from the various explanations are explored, including the possibility of an underlying unity of mind and matter constituting the ground of being.
The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question ...     Ward, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God, 38–40 . concedes that the traditional argument from ...
Author: Laurence Browne
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Religion, Theory, Critique is an essential tool for learning about theory and method in the study of religion. Leading experts engage with contemporary and classical theories as well as non-Western cultural contexts. Unlike other collections, this anthology emphasizes the dynamic relationship between "religion" as an object of study and different methodological approaches and openly addresses the question of the manifold ways in which "religion," "secular," and "culture" are imagined within different disciplinary horizons. This volume is the first textbook which seeks to engage discussion of classical approaches with contemporary cultural and critical theories. Contributors write on the influence of the natural sciences in the study of religion; the role of European Christianity in modeling theories of religion; religious experience and the interface with cognitive science; the structure and function of religious language; the social-scientific study of religion; ritual in religion; the phenomenology of religion; critical theory and religion; embodiment and religion; the impact of colonialism and modernity; theorizing religion in terms of race and ethnicity; links among religion, nationalism, and globalization; the interplay of gender, sex, and religion; and religion and the environment. Each chapter introduces the topic, identifies key theorists and issues, and respects the pluralistic nature of the scholarship in the field. Altogether, this collection scrutinizes the explicit and implicit assumptions theorists make about religion as an object of analysis.
Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine (London: SPCK, 2007); Keith Ward, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008). 3. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (London: Bantam, 2006).
Author: Richard King
Publisher: Columbia University Press
A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion is an indispensable resource for students and scholars. Covering historical and contemporary figures, arguments, and terms, it offers an overview of the vital themes that make philosophy of religion the growing, vigorous field that it is today. It covers world religions and sources from east and west. Entries have been crafted for clarity, succinctness, and engagement. This second edition includes new entries, extended coverage of non-Christian topics, as well as revisions and updates throughout. The first edition was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year.
Davis, Stephen T. God, Reason, and Theistic Proofs. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh ... Gale, Richard M. On the Nature and Existence of God. New York: Cambridge University ... Why There Almost Certainly Is a God. 2008: Lion, 2008.
Author: Charles Taliaferro
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
At the end of a five-year journey to find out what religious Americans think about science, Ecklund and Scheitle emerge with the real story of the relationship between science and religion in American culture. Based on the most comprehensive survey ever done-representing a range of religious traditions and faith positions-Religion vs. Science is a story that is more nuanced and complex than the media and pundits would lead us to believe. The way religious Americans approach science is shaped by two fundamental questions: What does science mean for the existence and activity of God? What does science mean for the sacredness of humanity? How these questions play out as individual believers think about science both challenges stereotypes and highlights the real tensions between religion and science. Ecklund and Scheitle interrogate the widespread myths that religious people dislike science and scientists and deny scientific theories. Religion vs. Science is a definitive statement on a timely, popular subject. Rather than a highly conceptual approach to historical debates, philosophies, or personal opinions, Ecklund and Scheitle give readers a facts-on-the-ground, empirical look at what religious Americans really understand and think about science.
“Why There Almost Certainly Is No God.” Huffington Post, May 25. Retrieved October 3, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-dawkins/ why-there-almost-certainl_ b_32164.html. De Dios Vial Correa, Juan. 2000.
Author: Elaine Howard Ecklund
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book contains my writings, other apologetics writers, top scientists, thinkers, and scholars on the topics of Ontology, Evolutionary Theory, Theology, Biogenesis, Quantum Physics, Philosophy, Science, Physics, Scientism, and Epistemology, pertaining to the core topic of Refutations to Atheistic Materialism. Crucial to consider is the idea that it is not any one refutation or data point of evidence pointing to the plausibility of there being an Eternal Causal Intelligence that creates a case for the strong possibility of such an Eternal Causal Intelligence...a Creator. Rather, it is the summation of ALL such robust data points and proofs that culminates in an over-arching and inescapable conclusion that such a Creator is not only highly plausible, and therefore worthy of serious scientific, philosophic, and theological consideration, but moreover, to reject such a conclusion, based upon the cumulative data is tantamount to an overt confession of scientific malpractice and a glaring Naturalism biases.
This seems like a no brainer, but there are freethinkers who think he was. ... Debunking Dawkins: The God Delusion Chapter 4: Why There Almost Certainly Is No God - Richard Dawkins' Ultimate Boeing 747 argument is shown to be formally ...
Author: Gregory Lessing Garrett
This insightful book tracks the concept of culture across a range of scholarly disciplines and much of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries—years that saw the emergence of new fields and subfields (cultural studies, the new cultural history, literary new historicism, as well as ethnic and minority studies) and came to be called "the cultural turn." Since the 1990s, however, the idea of culture has fallen out of scholarly favor. Susan Hegeman engages with a diversity of disciplines, including anthropology, literary studies, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and political science, to historicize the rise and fall of the cultural turn and to propose ways that culture may still be a vital concept in the global present.
Richard Dawkins, “Why There Almost Certainly Is No God,” Huffington Post, October 23, 2006, www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-dawkins/ why-there-almost-certainl_b_32164.html?view=screen. 36. See also Taylor, Secular Age. 37.
Author: Susan Hegeman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Literary Criticism