Wow. A month since my last post. So much for trying to keep a regular “spiritual journal”.
I’ve started reading Richards Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”. So far, I have to admit, I’m agreeing with most of what he’s saying. Which doesn’t bode well for a Christian, considering his published hope is that “religious people who pick up this book will be atheists by the time they finish it.” (Quoted from memory so may not be precise!) Of course it’s raising lots of questions, but they are the sort of questions that I really ought to be asking myself anyway. The big one being, of course, whether I believe in the existence of a God. (The current answer being, “I don’t know”.)
It’s an interesting read so far, and he makes lots of interesting comments about the apparent privileges afforded to those holding religious beliefs: which he quite rightly says are entirely inappropriate. That’s about as far as I’ve got so far. It’s clearly not going to be a very “balanced” book (he critises theological writings as starting with the assumption that there is a God, but is guilty of the same from the other end of the spectrum, it seems to me) so I’ll aim to read something rsponding to Dawkins afterwards to see if I can get a balanced view. The obvious choice, a direct response called “The Dawkins Delusion”, gets such bad reviews everywhere that I don’t think I’ll bother.