Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion has sold in millions, attacking the God of the Bible with a ferocity not seen since the heyday of aggressive communism. But these assaults contain numerous mistakes, as many noted reviewers have pointed out. In this brief and readable response, Robin Compston exposes with exceptional clarity major mistakes, and at the same time shows the reality and value of the faith under attack. The author is a systems architect who also heads an outreach team at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in central London.
Introduction CURIOSITY is part of human nature, and what starts as a child’s investigation into the confines of its cot may lead to the most searching enquiry into where this universe came from, how we came to be here, the meaning of our brief life and whether there is a future existence beyond the present. We try to gather the pieces together and build in our minds a viewpoint that makes sense. But this viewpoint will not be accurate or helpful if it leaves out the most important facts available to us.
Do we take account of the existence of God, as a pure and holy being, without beginning and without end, who made all things out of nothing, and who is above and beyond this visible universe? This is the God described in the Bible, which says that the world that God made is a world of order, a world regulated by laws which are predictable and can be depended on. We can understand the world because it has been made by a rational being who has given us the gift of reason. In a world made by God, we know why we are here, and we see a purpose in individual lives. The Bible teaches that good is an unchanging eternal value which originates in God’s own character, and that God requires us to be good. We fail, and yet there is hope of life beyond the grave because God is merciful, and has sent a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to die for sinners and to make forgiveness possible.