Paul F. Taylor
By publishing his book “The God Delusion” in 2008, Richard Dawkins, former Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at England’s ancient University of Oxford, consolidated his position as arguably the world’s most prominent radical atheist. In the aftermath of the book’s release, many Christians have published responses. Most of these, however, have been weakened by taking an evidentialist approach to the argument.
In this talk, international creation speaker Paul Taylor tackles just two aspects of Dawkins’ thesis. First, he analyses Dawkins’ use of Scripture, showing that he has sometimes taken Scriptures out of context, and at other times, simply failed to grasp the obvious and apparent meaning of the passages. Second, Taylor shows that a great many of Dawkins’ pro-evolution and anti-God arguments rely heavily on disguised logical fallacies, so the second half of this talk becomes a lesson in the use of logical fallacies, with each such fallacy illustrated from the pages of “The God Delusion.”
Taylor recalls: “On the second occasion that this talk was given, Richard Dawkins was himself in the audience, sitting on the back row of the church. In conversation afterwards, he stated that my presentation had been ‘very fair.’ On that occasion, the talk also included a presentation of the Gospel, so that we can be sure that Dr. Dawkins has heard the Gospel at least once.”