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Ben Stein Interviewing Richard Dawkins

The below interview is from Ben Stein’s movie, Expelled.

Ben is interviewing Richard Dawkins, the author of the book, The God Delusion.

In short, Dawkins, a known Evolutionist, contends that a supernatural creator could not have been involved in the creation of man. I do believe that Dawkins is certainly a very intelligent man, however, I just happen to disagree with his views of God. 

In this interview, he assigns some very sad (perhaps, even offensive to some) attributes to God; however, this interview is rather compelling to listen to; once the possibility of a God is removed from this discussion, Dawkins all of a sudden begins to open up to the possibilities of the very thing that he, seemingly, advocates against – which is, any form of intelligent design. 

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  1. I enjoyed the movie very much. I agree that Mr. Dawkins is a very intelligent man; however, I believe Mr. Stein also is extremely intelligent, by allowing him to continue on without interrupting him, which inevitably allowed him to step on his own thoughts or ideals to a certain extent. I truly believe that we do not serve ourselves, others or a topic well whenever we become stubborn in our viewpoint or mindset.

    I am amazed that with all the insight we have gained over the years, that there is still no real plausible theory as to exactly how it began. Until that can be found & proven at least on the most modest of levels to have had a chance, I don't think you can discount ID in reality. Inversely, I also do not believe one can ignore the role of evolution in the progression of life either.

    Excellent topic Mark!

    Monica

  2. I can see how Dawkins might come to the conclusions he has. There really isn't anything in the excerpt that really says to me "I believe in intelligent design" as it relates to God.

    Remember, the Bible teaches us that no man has seen God at any time, and that those who believe without having seen Christ are much more blessed than those who have seen him and believed.

    Dawkins is expressing his lack of faith in God and nothing else really. The fact that he has a book that profanes God is simply fodder for those of us who believe. I did feel like he was getting testy because he didn't want to answer some questions definitively, but I would attribute that more to the fact he was trying to choose his words very carefully as to avoid what he perceived as trickery during the interview process.

    Those of us who believe in God have nothing to gain from subjecting ourselves to the deluge of attacks from the athiest movement and as a result, I tend to remain on the outskirts of engaging in "intelligent" commentary with those who believe I am incapable of conducting "intelligent" conversation because of a belief in God.

    I have said it many times previously, but it is important enough that it should be repeated:

    If the athiest is correct, and there is no God, then I have lost nothing, but instead I have gained by being a better person for the time I spent here on Earth. However, if I am correct, and there is a God, then upon death the athiest loses for an eternity. Either way I win.

  3. I have said it many times previously, but it is important enough that it should be repeated.

    If the athiest is correct, and there is no God, then I have lost nothing, but instead I have gained by being a better person for the time I spent here on Earth. However, if I am correct, and there is a God, then upon death the athiest loses for an eternity. Either way I win.

    Keith,

    I have said exactly the same thing, to several people in the past; in fact, without even having an open heart to God, you will never experience God in a Holy sense.

    Some think of God as this being, far away, somewhere out there, in this vast Universe(s). However, they never realize, or experience God as a personal friend, a comforter, as one who wants to be closer to us, not further away.

    So, in your very statements (above), lies some of the roots of this discussion; the atheists are afraid that believers in God are going to push their beliefs onto them, hence in schools, etc. etc., then we, as believers feel as though we are going to be mocked for believing in God, through faith and not through scientific evidence.

    Let's not forget, that through many years of history, religious beliefs were often imposed on the masses. So, we have indeed, gone full circle, as there are now (sadly) strong secular forces going to greats lengths to remove God from all of society.

    The question now remains, how then do we find common grounds, if ever?

  4. Thank you Monica!

    Yes, it sounds like we are on the same wavelength; unless both sides are heard, then there will never really be a progression forward, on this topic.

    I am not suggesting that someone gives up their beliefs, however, I am submitting that we may all be seeking (inadvertently) the exact same thing; it is merely the means of how we get to the answer that is different.

    As a person that believes, wholeheartedly, in The Bible, I will also submit that, in time, most of its contents will be backed up and proven through science.

    Mark

  5. Atheists, feeling as though I am non-intelligent because I have a strong belief in God, is as misguided as me believing that all Atheists embrace the philosophy of Eugenics, simply because they believe in Darwin’s version of Evolution; it would be a gross over-generalization, and likely an insult to someone [by me] who embraces "some" of Darwin's theories.

    I am not even against the evolutionary process, as "part" of the equation; in fact, Darwin made some valid, scientific observations, and discoveries.

    However, I do believe that he discovered the evolutionary process of "some" species, not the origin of species, as he claimed.

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