Aeroplanes and beginnings

Richard Dawkins argues that while the existence of life is not really that improbable, God’s existence is. He calls this the ultimate Boeing 747 gambit. Dawkins fails, however, to really consider the issue of beginnings. Why does the universe bother to exist at all? And arguments of improbability are only applicable to things that have a beginning. God however is eternal.

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Mea Culpa

There’s a lot of blame around at the moment. At the UK Labour party conference yesterday, the shadow chancellor – while admitting that their party had made mistakes – insisted that Labour wasn’t to blame for the current financial challenges, saying that it wasn’t “public spending on public services here in Britain which caused the global […]

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Science and experience

In ‘The God Delusion’, Richard Dawkins dismisses some of the common arguments in favour of God’s existence. While many of his points are valid enough, he misunderstands what Christians mean when they argue from personal experience. This is not about one-off mystical experiences but an every day sense of God’s reality. This is a key element to a Christian’s faith, and ultimately everything we believe has its basis in our personal experiences.

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Changing reflections

2011 has arrived, and the start of a new year is often an appropriate time to reflect over the past one. 2010 was a year of change for us as a family. I changed job half way through the year. A few months later we moved house and have been working our way through all the tasks that this entails since then. We’ve […]

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Richard Dawkins asserts that the existence of God is a scientific question which science can, in principle at least, answer. In particular, he objects to the principle of ‘non-overlapping magesteria’ which suggests that science and religion study different non-overlapping realms and so science cannot judge on religious matters. While he has some valid points he overstates his case – I give two particular facts that he ignores. I believe that ultimately science will only be able to say a very limited amount about God’s existence or non-existence – this is ultimately a matter of faith.

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For a couple of months in autumn, two spiders made our front window their home. It was obviously a good home as they looked well fed! I don’t particularly dislike spiders, but did think that they spoiled the view somewhat. One day, therefore, I chopped down their webs, but the next day they were back  just as intricate […]

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Dawkins and Delusion

I’ve recently got hold a copy of Richard Dawkin’s book, the God Delusion. I know that I am unlikely to agree with it!, but feel it is appropriate to read the arguments of someone who argues so passionately against something which is so important to me. I hope to give it a fair reading, although […]

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Christ at Christmas

Well I managed the third of my three series of Christmas posts before Christmas is over – even if the last of these is on Christmas day itself! It’s an appropriate day to write it however, for my third aspect of Christmas is that as well as being a busy time, and a time of celebration, […]

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Celebration at Christmas

I went into town today to buy a few last items needed for Christmas presents. Oxford city was, as usual in December, decked out with an array of different lights hanging over the streets, a Christmas tree (which didn’t have any working light on – a bit odd!) and so forth. The streets were buzzing as it was […]

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Crazy Christmas

One of the most obvious things about Christmas is that it’s a bit of a crazy time to say the least. In particular, it’s always busy. Maybe one of the reasons that most of us (Brits at least) have a long holiday between Christmas and New Year is that we need it to recover from […]

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