We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…
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The key chapter in Dawkins’ book (and the only chapter where he really attempts to defend his main proposition) is that from which the notorious bus adverts came — ‘Why there is almost certainly no God.’
Rob Slane has written two replies in response to this. His first examines Dawkins’ version of the ‘But who made God…’ argument. He argues that it is more reasonable to think of an eternal Creator bringing time, space, and matter into being than to think that they arose on their own. I think Alvin Plantinga’s assessment is helpful at this point; namely that Dawkins’ problem is that he argues against theism by assuming naturalism.
In the second response, Slane attacks Dawkins’ faith in natural selection. In some places the author uses arguments I would not use; for example, he asks why are there still bacteria if natural selection is so powerful.
The remainder of the book deals with Dawkins’ arguments about morality and his speculations about its origins. There are some very helpful arguments (especially in these later chapters) that will help Christians who feel they ought to read Dawkins’ book.