Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Words of Comfort: Richard Dawkins Talks about his Death

Richard Dawkins isn’t just thinking about his coming death, he’s talking about it. So often Afterlife skeptics say “Nobody knows what happens after death.” But Professor Dawkins knows exactly what happens, and he speaks with an authority that suggests that he must have some sort of insider information: “Of course it just ends. What else could it do? My thoughts, my beliefs, my feelings are all in my brain. My brain is going to rot. So no, there’s no question about that.”

Asked what he would say if he met God after his death, he said, “If I met God, in the unlikely event, after I died? The first thing I would say is, well, which one are you? Are you Zeus? Are you Thor? Are you Baal? Are you Mithras? Are you Yahweh? Which God are you, and why did you take such great pains to conceal yourself and to hide away from us?”

Why did the Creator “conceal” Himself from us? Mr. Dawkins has the beauty of creation displaying the genius of God’s handiwork, and he doesn’t think it was created. He thinks instead that nothing created everything (which is scientifically impossible) or that we were “seeded by aliens” as he once said to Ben Stein.

Dawkins added, “No serious scientist doubts that we are cousins of gorillas, we are cousins of monkeys, we are cousins of snails, we are cousins of earthworms.” He may believe that he’s part of the earthworm family, and that humanity can crawl through the dirt and get away with it. But we won’t. We were created by God with moral responsibility.

He concluded with, “I’m thinking of working on another book and it might be some sort of autobiography, but it’s very much in the planning stage.” Autobiographies usually come just before the final curtain, and I have better inside information. I would like him to know that before he goes to meet his Maker that only the grace of God can make him fit to survive.

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