RE: [asa] Critical review of Dawkins' Book by the "Liberal Media"

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Wed Dec 27 2006 - 18:59:38 EST

A designer need not create out of nothing. A Creator must!

 

Moorad

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From: Hon Wai Lai [mailto:honwai.lai@gmail.com]
Sent: Wed 12/27/2006 4:36 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Cc: asa@calvin.edu
Subject: RE: [asa] Critical review of Dawkins' Book by the "Liberal Media"

Please clarify whether you think the concept of a creator is broader than
that of a designer, and explain how an entity can be a creator without being
a designer.

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On
Behalf Of Alexanian, Moorad
Sent: 26 December 2006 21:47
To: Al Koop; asa@calvin.edu
Subject: RE: [asa] Critical review of Dawkins' Book by the "Liberal Media"

From the review:

"Dawkins's book begins with a description of what he calls the God
Hypothesis. This is the idea that "the universe and everything in it" were
designed by "a superhuman, supernatural intelligence." This intelligence
might be personal (as in Christianity) or impersonal (as in deism). Dawkins
is not concerned with the alleged detailed characteristics of God but with
whether any form of the God Hypothesis is defensible. His answer is: almost
cer-tainly not. Although his target is broad, Dawkins discusses mostly
Christianity, partly because this faith has wrestled often with science and
partly because it's the tradition Dawkins knows best (he was reared as an
Anglican)."

I do not know if Dawkins uses the term "designer" to continue and reinforce
his fight with ID. However, the notion of a designer is not as fundamental
as that of a Creator. I have always said and will continue to emphasize that
there is no way a human can do away with the notion of a Creator. Note that
an eternal universe would not include the notion of evolution except by
considering a cyclical universe. Otherwise, the universe must have a
beginning and thus be created.

Moorad

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu on behalf of Al Koop
Sent: Tue 12/26/2006 4:10 PM
To: asa@calvin.edu
Subject: [asa] Critical review of Dawkins' Book by the "Liberal Media"

The New York Review of Books
January 11, 2007
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19775?email

The above is the site of a long, critical review of Dawkins', The God
Delusion, H. Allen Orr. I expect many here would agree with much of this
review. Orr finds Dawkins sorely lacking in this book.

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