Platinga reviews Dawkins

Dr. Alvin Platinga, professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, gives his review of Dawkins “God Delusion”.

The Dawkins Confusion

It is not pretty…
“You might say that some of his forays into philosophy are at best sophomoric, but that would be unfair to sophomores; the fact is (grade inflation aside), many of his arguments would receive a failing grade in a sophomore philosophy class.”

Platinga uses Dawkins own arguments to bury him. In the end, I guess Platinga is left with the same sort of non-plussed feeling all Christians are regarding this book. How on earth did Dawkins think this will pass any intellectual scrutiny? The whole purpose of the book, emboldening atheists and placing doubts in the minds of Christians, seems to revolve around some sort of question-begging: Atheists will appreciate and accept the arguments, while Christians are so stupid that they will accept just any old objection.

Both have been proven wrong. Both atheist and Christian philosophers have pointed out the utter failure of Dawkins to argue logically for his conclusions. He did find acceptance and appreciation from the kindergarten atheists though, and that is maybe the best he can hope for.


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