Saturday, 16 December 2017

Religion answers the important questions

JUST over a week ago, Rowan Williams went head to head with Richard Dawkins in a Cambridge Union debate about

JUST over a week ago, Rowan Williams went head to head with Richard Dawkins in a Cambridge Union debate about the role of religion today.

A large number of students attended, no doubt reflecting an increased interest in atheism and its thinking.

Atheism is, of course, a faith. Christians cannot prove God exists, so hold their belief by faith.

Atheists cannot prove God doesn’t exist, therefore they too must hold their belief by faith.

As faiths go, however, it really is a rather depressing one. Man is an accident, a fortuitous combining of chemicals and chemical reactions. His life has no overriding purpose, or ultimate meaning. Nothing he does has enduring value, death ends it all.

Atheists allow that it has taken untold thousands of some of humanity’s best brains to discover a little of how the universe, and all it contains, is constructed and governed. But they go on to insist that it required no intelligence at all to actually do it!

Most reasonable people might agree that the man who invents the machine will be more intelligent than the man who comes along later to see if he can find out a little of how he did it.

Atheism effectively replaces religion with science but the combined knowledge of science cannot make a seed from which a blade of grass will grow.

Science is good at answering the question “how?” but only religion can respond to questions of “why?” and “who?”

It is very hard to try to build a world without God. Voltaire was right when he said: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him!”

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