Skip to comments.'I can't be sure God does not exist' Richard Dawkins admits he is in fact agnostic
Posted on 01/04/2014 5:24:40 PM PST by dennisw
Professor Richard Dawkins dismissed his hard-earned reputation as a militant atheist - admitting that he is actually agnostic as he can't prove God doesn't exist.
The country's foremost champion of Darwinist evolution stunned audience members when he made the confession during a lively debate on the origins of the universe with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Professor Dawkins is a dedicated admirer of Charles Darwin, regarding the Victorian pioneer of evolution as the man who explained everything we know about life.
But when Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams suggested that Professor Darwin is often described as the world's most famous atheist, the geneticist responded: 'Not by me'.
He said: 'On a scale of seven, where one means I know he exists, and seven I know he doesn't, I call myself a six.'
Professor Dawkins went on to say he believed was a '6.9', stating: 'That doesn't mean I'm absolutely confident, that I absolutely know, because I don't.'
The two men were debating whether Biblical writers 'got it wrong' by not saying that the universe is billions of years old.
The Archbishop said: 'The writers of the Bible, inspired as I believe they were, were not inspired to do 21st century physics, they were inspired to pass on to their readers what God wanted them to know.
'In the first book of the Bible is the basic information - the universe depends on God, humanity has a very distinctive role in that universe , and humanity has made rather a mess of it.'
This latest admission by Professor Dawkins comes after he was left lost for words name the full title of his scientific heros most famous work during a radio discussion last week when accused Christians of being ignorant of the Bible.
In his frustration, he resorted to a helpless: Oh God.
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I saw the results of a study a few years ago: 23% of atheists believe in God.
Moving from atheism to agnosticism is a big step forward
Everyone believes in God.
It’s just that a lot of people are very, very angry at Him.
In his frustration, he resorted to a helpless: Oh God.
“Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”
Correct interpretation__________ Don’t violate God’s laws. You will suffer thus learning from this and this is when you start getting smart.
“On a scale of 1-7...” LOLOL!!
Athiests can’t prove there is no God, they have to take it on faith.
“In his frustration, he resorted to a helpless: Oh God.”
Now that is an irony for the books.
Dawkins admits he doesn’t know God does not exist only to further his argument that God does not exist..
Only a fool is fooled by this gambit..
All his life it's been there is no God...now all of a sudden...gimme a break...looking for publicity.
Better figure that one out rather quickly Dawkins.
Oh brilliant Richard....Read Kant’s “The Critique of Pure Reason” again.
It is impossible to disprove the existence of God. The only way you could do it is if you were omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, so that you could be absolutely sure that there isn’t a greater being out there able to hide their presence from you.
Problem is, if you had those powers, you yourself would be God, and it would be a self-contradiction at that point to try and disprove your own existence.
Athiests cant prove there is no God, they have to take it on faith.>>>>>>>>>>>>
It’s whether the person is saying “There is no God”*, I simply can not logically fathom it”, or is shaking his fist towards heaven shouting “NO, GOD!”.
*Psalms 14:1 The fool says in his heart “There is no God”.
“Moving from atheism to agnosticism is a big step forward”
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen (Second stanza)
“And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him”
Pray for Dawkins.
“Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
You can never prove that something doesn't exist.
Saying that God doesn't exist is as empirically impossible to substaniate as is the belief that God does exist. In either case it requires the scientific validation of something wholly beyond the realm of science.
You don’t have to be confident God doesn’t exist to be an atheist, you just have to be confident you’re not going to worship Him any time soon.
Dawkins, you can’t prove a negative, nor are you required to.
A man on trial doesn’t have to prove he didn’t commit the crime he’s accused of(how do you do that anyway). The prosecutor has to prove he did.
You can’t prove a negative. But you can decide it’s good enough.
>>Athiests cant prove there is no God, they have to take it on faith.<<
That is pretty accurate. I think every atheist is in fact agnostic. Of course, the obnoxious a-holes are, as noted above, one who not only believe in God but are angry at Him.
It took Dawkins years to make that big step ... for a person of normal intelligence, it takes 5 minutes of cogent thinking.
There are no true atheists, only agnostics.
Why in the world do Christians care so much about atheists?
yes, atheism has never seemed a viable position to me
agnosticism makes sense as it means the person is open to discussion and may even be searching for better answers
there may be atheists but there are surely very few atheists in foxholes ....
“Why in the world do Christians care so much about atheists?”
A very dangerous question, so dangerous that even one such as I will leave it untouched.
Not really. One doesn’t have to prove anything to believe in God or not believe in God. Atheists believe God doesn’t exist and are thus atheists. Christians can’t prove God exists. They believe it through faith. No proof required.
Yep. And atheists even have their own special annual day; April First, April Fools Day.
An agnostic is open to the possiblility of God, just doesn't know...A good discussion can be had with them...not saying you could convince them, but at least they would be fine in a discussion...jmho.
Years ago, when our kids were small, we camped a lot. Up in the mountains, with a clear night, looking up in the heavens one cannot help but believe in a Creator. Its awesome to look at, just as truly looking at a beautiful flower. Misquitos suck...
Mathematics and DNA embedding are among the many things that persuade me God is real.
It a move in the drirection of intellectual honesty. .to say you know for sure God does not exist is an act of faith
God exists- Sometimes He wears a Habit
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“Those who do not believe in God think of Him more earnestly than those who do.”
... who said it? I dunno.
I guess he still hasn’t gotten past that whole ‘How the Universe was Created’ bit.
Oh, please. The burden of proof is on those claiming existence of God.
He’ll know about one second after he dies.
According to "Webster's Seventh Tattered", agnostic means, "of or relating to the belief that the existence of any ultimate reality ( as God ) is unknown and probably unknowable." This seems to be a much firmer point of view than mere indecision.
Now, in Webster's Eleventh Collegiate, this is repeated, except it adds, with the qualification broadly ( italics in orig,) "one who is not commited to believing in the existence or nonexistence of God or a god". Love that "God or a god" ... sounds like Gog and Magog ! ... well, they are just acceding to the popular usage here, as they have, since the 1960's at least, counted themselves as recorders and not dictators of usage.
Literally and figuratively.
Not saying there aren't stupid-a** people who call themselves atheists and Christians at the same time...I'm sure there are, as Generation.com has a collective IQ of room temperature.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
“Therefore, they’re not atheists.”
Exactly. I think atheists are usually irrational. They tend not to make sense.
Psalms 14:1 The fool says in his heart There is no God.
This is one of my favorite verses. The most important question anyone can ever ask him or herself is one Jesus asked Peter, Who do you say that I am?
Jesus claimed to be the only way to the Father. You must believe He died for your sins to be removed to go to heaven. If Im wrong, Ill just die and rot in the grave.
But, if youre wrong and you ignore His offer, youll spend eternity in hell, just as He said. Therefore, only as fool would rely on his intellect to decide if God is real. Just as Dawkins isnt sure, no one, no matter how brilliant, can be.
So ask Him. If Hes real, Hell answer.
I understand where Dawkins is coming from, as a former atheist myself. Atheism is an emotional conclusion, whereas agnosticism is an honest intellectual position. At least that’s how it was for me at one time.
Agnostic atheist: I don’t believe there’s a god but can’t prove it.
Agnostic theist: I believe there’s a god but can’t prove it.
He must have a new book coming out.