Answering "The God Delusion" and
other works of atheist Richard Dawkins
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List of Articles

Dawkins - Fool or Coward?
by Dr. Tim Stanley
Writing in the Daily Telegraph blog, Dr. Tim Stanley examines Richard Dawkins's refusal to debate the world's leading Christian debater, Dr.William La Read

Dawkins's Use of Discredited Research
by The Daily Telegraph
Five pages of The God Delusion (p. 222-226) is devoted to the promotion of 'research' by discredited scientist Marc Hauser Read

Why I Believe Again
by A.N. Wilson
Writing in the New Statesman, former atheist A.N. Wilson explains why he again believes in God Read

The Delusions of Richard Dawkins
by Professor Peter Harrison (Oxford)
A critique of The God Delusion by Oxford Professor Peter Harrison Read

The Theory of Evolution
by Conservapedia
A major article critiquing the theory of evolution with material on Dawkins Read

Darwin's Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism
by Peter S. Williams
This devastating article exposes 11 logical fallacies committed by Richard Dawkins in his books. Read

God vs. Science
by Francis Collins & Richard Dawkins
Read the exchange of views between Francis Collins and Richard Dawkins in Time Magazine. Read

The God Delusion
by Marilynne Robinson
Hysterical Scientism: The Ecstasy of Richard Dawkins (from Harper's Magazine) Read

The Dawkins Delusion
by Prof. Alister McGrath
This article is a brief overview of the content of McGrath's book by the same name. Read

BeThinking Articles on Dawkins
by Various
A dozen or more articles on Dawkins, science, faith and The God Delusion. Read

Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching
by Terry Eagleton
An article by Terry Eagleton criticising Dawkins's ability and skill in attempting to destroy Christian theology Read

Atheist with a Mission
by Philip Bell
Zoologist Philip Bell examines The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, answering his arguments on design, morality, child abuse and more. Read

More articles on Dawkins and atheism

List of Audio Lectures

Dawkins' God
by Prof. Alister McGrath. Listen

The Scientific Bankruptcy of Darwinian Evolution
by Michael J. Penfold. Listen

Is God a Delusion? Atheism and the Meaning of Life
by Alister McGrath. Listen

Radio Interview on The God Delusion
by Peter S. Williams. Listen

John Lennox Audio Lectures
by Prof. John Lennox. Listen

Divinity and Dawkins
by David Robertson. Listen

David Quinn debates Richard Dawkins
by The Ryan Tubridy Show. Listen

The Dawkins Letters (YouTube)
by David Robertson. Listen

The Dawkins Letters (YouTube)
by David Robertson. Listen

RIchard Dawkins Stumped
by YouTube. Listen

Does Richard Dawkins Exist (YouTube)
by YouTube. Listen

Dawkins Lennox Online Video Debate
by Fixed Point Foundation. Listen

More audios on Dawkins and atheism


Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous atheist, makes his home in Oxford, England. It was in Oxford, back in 1978, while sitting in one of the biology labs of Magdalen College School, a School founded in 1481 and attended by the likes of Sir Thomas More, William Tyndale and Cardinal Wolsey, that I was first exposed to Richard Dawkins's favoured theory of human origins - Darwin's and Wallace's idea of 'evolution by natural selection' - a concept which Dawkins calls "arguably the most momentous idea ever to occur to a human mind."

With bicycles passing by behind me on Iffley Road, close to where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, unfolding on the white board before me were the evidences for 'evolution'. A certain Mr. Kettlewell's experiments with moths were discussed. Various shapes and sizes of horses were portrayed in a smooth and convincing sequence which, so I was told, mirrored exactly what palaeontologists had found in the fossil record. I don't remember much else, but I imagine that Archaeopteryx, Lucy the Australopithecine, homology and Darwin’s finches were all rolled into the mix somewhere.

Richard Dawkins, today's leading advocate of Darwinian evolution, would have been about 37 years of age at the time. He would have just written his iconic book The Selfish Gene (1976). In time, through other books like The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996) and A Devil's Chaplain (2003), Richard Dawkins would take on celebrity status in the world of atheistic Darwinism and beyond. While Professor Dawkins was churning out volume after volume promoting evolutionism, I was doing some research. I made some startling discoveries. Through reading Evolution a Theory in Crisis, Icons of Evolution, Darwin on Trial and Darwin's Black Box - among many other books on the subject, both for and against - I discovered that all the textbook 'evidences' for Darwin's theory of evolution were at best inconclusive and at worst, flawed (and in some cases completely fraudulent).

The average biology teacher, mine included, not being a specialist in the theory of evolution, simply teaches the standard textbook 'proofs'. But the Dawkinses of this world? They are the real culprits in this Darwinian deception. For a number of years I quietly contemplated doing something about Dawkins's writings but nothing materialized until September 2006 when I read his book The God Delusion. That finally galvanized me into setting up this website which points to numerous articles, books, DVDs, lectures and reviews (on other sites) that provide answers and alternatives to Dawkins's arguments on atheism and Darwinism, from a number of different perspectives. The publication in 2009 of his work on Darwinism, The Greatest Show On Earth, make this venture all the more worth while. Your comments are welcome. To get in touch with me, either click or hit the contact button in the header of this page and fill in the form.

Michael J. Penfold

P.S. Here is a fascinating excerpt from the 2008 book There Is A God - How The World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Anthony Flew (Harper Collins, New York, 2007, p. 78-80):

"In addition to my public debates, I have engaged in various polemical discussions in writing. One prominent instance of such discussions is the exchanges I have had with the scientist Richard Dawkins. Although I commended his atheist works, I have always been a critic of his selfish-gene school of thought.

"In my book Darwinian Evolution, I pointed out that natural selection does not positively produce anything. It only eliminates, or tends to eliminate, whatever is not competitive. A variation does not need to bestow any actual competitive advantage in order to avoid elimination; it is sufficient that it does not burden its owner with any competitive disadvantage. To choose a rather silly illustration, suppose I have useless wings tucked away under my suit coat, wings that are too weak to lift my frame off the ground. Useless as they are, these wings do not enable me to escape predators or gather food. But as long as they don't make me more vulnerable to predators, I will probably survive to reproduce and pass on my wings to my descendants. Darwin's mistake in drawing too positive an inference with his suggestion that natural selection produces something was perhaps due to his employment of the expressions 'natural selection' or 'survival of the fittest' rather than his own ultimately preferred alternative, 'natural preservation'.

"I went on to remark that Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene was a major exercise in popular mystification. As an atheist philosopher, I considered this work of popularization as destructive in its own ways as either The Naked Ape or The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris. In his works, Morris offers as the results of zoological illumination what amounts to a systematic denial of all that is most peculiar  to our species contemplated as a biological phenomenon. He ignores or explains away obvious differences between human beings and other species.

"Dawkins, on the other hand, laboured to discount or depreciate the upshot of fifty or more years' work in genetics - the discovery that the observable traits of organisms are for the most part conditioned by the interaction of many genes, while most genes have manifold effects on many such traits. For Dawkins, the main means for producing human behavior is to attribute to genes characteristics that can significantly be attributed only to persons. Then, after insisting that we are all the choiceless creatures of our genes, he infers that we cannot help but share the unlovely personal characteristics of those all-controlling monads.

"Genes, of course, can be neither selfish nor unselfish any more than they or any other nonconscious entities can engage in competition or make selection. (Natural selection is, notoriously, not selection; and it is a somewhat less familiar logical fact that, below the human level, the struggle for existence is not 'competitive' in the true sense of the word.) But this did not stop Dawkins from proclaiming that his book "is not science fiction; it is science…We are survival machines - robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes." Although he later issued occasional disavowals, Dawkins gave no warning in his book against taking him literally. He added, sensationally, that "the argument of this book is that we, and all others animals, are machines created by our genes."

"If any of this were true, it would be no use to go on, as Dawkins does, to preach: "Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish." No eloquence can move programmed robots. But in fact none of it is true - or even faintly sensible. Genes, as we have seen, do not and cannot necessitate our conduct. Nor are they capable of the calculation and understanding required to plot a course of either ruthless selfishness or sacrificial compassion."