The atheist argument is a non-argument; Atheists do not define themselves by saying what they are for but only what they are against. Not easy to refute something which is wholly based on a denial of something else.
Richard Dawkins has a new series of programmes on TV in which he says nothing new or interesting, merely going over the same old ground about how God cannot possibly exist and anyone who thinks He does is deluded.
After watching one and a half programmes the best I can say is that Dawkins is completely lacking in imagination if he cannot see into the unknown. To visualise something is to create it – that is how all art begins and also how science makes new discoveries.
The programmes on TV are titled Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life. Not sure how sex fits into that particular equation but here is a man who writes books which conclude that the universe came about by chance and is entirely meaningless and yet he is looking for meaning in something which he has already decided is meaningless.
Clearly he believes that it ought to have meaning but he cannot find one. By searching for meaning he is obviously uncertain of his position in declaring that the universe has no meaning. It is only his vanity and ego which prevents him from reaching the correct answer to his questions which is “I don’t know!”
See what I mean about lacking imagination?
Dawkins studied zoology and later evolutionary biology.
In other words he is very learned in materialism, he knows all about the physical body, but does not, or appears to not, give any thought to the life of the mind.
Mankind lived for millions of years in a state of what can only be described as vacant boredom, churning out hand-axe after hand-axe, endless variations of the same unimpressive tool until homo sapiens suddenly appeared (as if by magic) 40000 years ago.
How did that happen? And Why?
These are questions Dawkins never asks, probably never even thinks about asking.
No wonder he cannot find any meaning in his life, he needs to look beyond his own specialised fields and first try to understand what Life is before trying to find the meaning of it.
“….birth and death are processes of Matter, of the body. The Life-principle is not formed in the formulation and dissolution of the body…. Life forms body, it is not formed by it.”