I think I laughed quicker than the Thinking Theist did when I attempted to read The God Delusion years ago. This argument fails on many levels — the main one being that when one infers an explanation, it is NOT necessary to explain the explanation. We need only defend it as the best explanation.


The ultimate Boeing 747 gambit is the central argument of Richard Dawkins’s book “The God Delusion.” I will be going through the premises he lays out and see if they stand up to scrutiny.

  1. One of the greatest challenges to the human intellect, over the centuries, has been to explain how the complex, improbable appearance of design in the universe arises.

I agree.

2. The natural temptation is to attribute the appearance of design to actual design itself. In the case of a man-made artefact such as a watch, the designer really was an intelligent engineer. It is tempting to apply the same logic to an eye or a wing, a spider or a person.

I agree.

3.The temptation is a false one, because the designer hypothesis immediately raises the larger problem of who designed the designer. The whole problem we started out with was the problem of explaining…

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Posted on August 10, 2012, in Apologetics. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree that that argument fails because it is not necessary to explain the explanation.

  2. richard dawkins impresses me with his philosophies but fails to see the unorthodox argument he proposes to christianity
    he says and i quote
    “let god show him self to me and ill beleive”when he him self discredits others true witness of christ as a halucination!
    then when he would see god himself he would discount that as a halucianation
    he also states “if i was born a muslim i would hold to those beleifs therefor religion is only as you grow in it”(paraphrased)
    which is true but there is only one “religion” i know of that can convert people using peace and not violence as the muslims do
    that is christianity

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