Re: [asa] Dawkins God's gift to ID

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <>
Date: Mon Nov 23 2009 - 17:38:19 EST

I suspect that Dawkins has enough of a sense of humor to appreciate
that view. I would have not included the last sentence though.

Demski here is just stating an opinion, of course, even if he poses it
as a "fact." I think he is wrong but he is certainly entitled to an
opinion different from mine. It is quite unprovable, of course.

On 11/23/09, William Hamilton <> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 1:04 PM, Dave Wallace
> <>wrote:
>> Last week I came across a part of the following quote in McGrath's The
>> Dawkins Delusion.
>> William Dembski (one of the leading lights of the US intelligent-design
>> lobby) put it like this in an email to Dawkins: "I know that you
>> personally
>> don't believe in God, but I want to thank you for being such a wonderful
>> foil for theism and for intelligent design more generally. In fact, I
>> regularly tell my colleagues that you and your work are one of God's
>> greatest gifts to the intelligent-design movement. So please, keep at it!"
>> What bothers me about it is the sarcasm. As Christians our job is to _win_
> others to Christ. Now this may be nigh unto impossible with Richard Dawkins,
> but nevertheless we are not to judge that an individual is "unsavable". We
> are to treat all people with courtesy, and I think Dembski is being
> discourteous -- as though he "knows" Dawkins is a lost cause, so it's okay
> to needle him.
> --
> William E (Bill) Hamilton Jr., Ph.D.
> Member American Scientific Affiliation
> Austin, TX
> 248 821 8156

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