Cambridge theologian Nicholas Lash delivers an engaging and scholarly critique of Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”. Take your time over it. It will be time well spent. Here’s a taster
Dawkins makes much of the fact that he is an academic: biologist, Fellow of the Royal Society, at present occupying Oxford’s chair in “the public understanding of science”. Now, it is a fundamental feature of good academic work in any field that it is undertaken with a passion for accurate description and disinterested respect for the materials with which one is working. Dawkins, the biologist, seems not to have acquired the mental discipline necessary for work in the humanities and social sciences. One cannot imagine a physicist holding an atomic particle, or a zoologist a yak, with the same sustained contempt and loathing, the same cavalier disregard for accurate description, the same ignorance of the literature, with which Dawkins treats all religious beliefs, ideas and practices. And, in one of the very few places in which a work of theology is mentioned, he devotes three pages to “Thomas Aquinas’s Proofs”. What, in fact, we are given is a shoddy misrepresentation of Aquinas’ arguments, with no indication of where they might be found, what others have made of them, or what purpose they were constructed to serve.
(With thanks to Craig)