Few would argue that Richard Dawkins is the world’s most famous atheist, especially now that his friend and rival for the title, Christopher Hitchens, has now gone to meet his Maker.
Few of his followers, however, realize what a weak foundation on which the professor rests his case, both for evolution and for atheism. He is a strong “believer” in evolution. If you ask most atheists if the theory of evolution has anything to do with a belief, however, they will tell you that it doesn’t. It’s not something that has to be believed. It is a “fact.”
But let’s look closely at Prof. Richard Dawkins’ own words, and watch for his use of the word “believe” when it comes to the theory of evolution. He told The New York Times, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked).”
So, according to the professor, if you don’t “believe” in evolution, you are ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked. He would like everyone to believe in the theory. As far as he is concerned, to believe it is to be on the side of true science.
But according to The New Yorker magazine (in 2012), “The percentage of Americans that believe in biological evolution has only increased by four percentage points over the last 20 years.”
A June 2012 Gallup poll found 46 percent of Americans believe God created man, 32 percent believe humans evolved with God’s guidance and 15 percent believe in evolution alone.
So the amount of believers in evolution alone is 15 percent and has only increased by 4 percent in the last 20 years. Richard Dawkins has great faith in it. He is a true believer to a point of never doubting.
He said, “Evolution is a fact, beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact.”
His strong convictions about it rest on his beliefs about fossils, dating processes and on other theories. When asked the question, “Is atheism the logical extension of believing in evolution?” he didn’t correct the questioner and say that it wasn’t a belief. Instead he answered, “They clearly can’t be irrevocably linked because a very large number of theologians believe in evolution. In fact, any respectable theologian of the Catholic or Anglican or any other sensible church believes in evolution. Similarly, a very large number of evolutionary scientists are also religious. My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism.”
It was his faith in evolution that gave him understanding, and that led him to believe that there was no God. If I want to understand the laws of physics I have to first believe what I read about physics. I have to have faith in what I read.
Faith is the first step to understanding. Either it’s the Word of an infallible God, the fallible words of men, or faith in what you personally believe. You’ve got to have faith in something. Believe me.