Dear Professor Dawkins,
Today you tweeted a lot and also retweeted a lot. Below are my responses to most of those anti-religious tweets.
“God couldn’t think of a better way to forgive the sin of Adam (who never existed) than to have his son (aka himself) executed. Makes sense.”
Science doesn’t deny that we originated from an “Adam”, whatever the Adam was. But, yes, I agree, the sacrifice of Jesus doesn’t really make sense.
@RichardDawkins all evil in the world is because of a talking snake. Makes sense.
This only exists in one religious tradition.
@RichardDawkins god doesn’t speak to educated, rational thinking individuals… Makes sense.
Oh, He does. He just also talks to uneducated, simple people too. You probably haven’t read the parts which appeal to the intellectual. Remember: God’s words have several layers of meaning. There are many intellectuals who see the profundity in religion. If you don’t study religion in depth, don’t expect to find profundity.
@RichardDawkins God reveals himself numerous times to bronze-aged desert people but not since the invention of the video camera. Makes Sense.
Well, religion had to get going, didn’t it? If there weren’t miracles at the beginning, hardly anybody would have believed in it. Now that it has got the following, spectacular miracles aren’t as necessary.
@RichardDawkins A woman must marry her rapist, or be killed. Makes sense.
Which religion says this? Christianity? No. Islam? No. This may be practised in some cultures like Afghanistan. But don’t conflate culture with religion.
@RichardDawkins “Every other religion in the world is wrong, they clearly made stuff up from thin air.” Makes sense.
Religious texts don’t say that. But some religious adherents claim other religions are false, mainly because of the individual’s sanctimony. Christianity is inextricably linked with Judaism – Jesus was a Jew. Islam also believes in the Christian and Jewish dispensations, it doesn’t say they are wrong, the belief is that the Quran is a clarification and confirmation of all previous divine books. Also, the mystics/perennialists/esoterists who follow religious traditions largely believe in the validity of all world religions.
Creator of the Universe went to great trouble to create the foreskin. Then insisted that you cut it off. Makes sense.
Good one. But until recently, scientists thought that the appendix was pretty much useless until we discovered that it’s very useful to the bacteria that helps your digestive system function. So how do we know that the foreskin doesn’t play an important part in early development?
@RichardDawkins Of the 3,000+ deities that are known, I pick this one. There’s no way I’m wrong, because the bible says so. Makes sense.
Throughout history, human beings have found something to worship, whether it is something celestial, nature, an idol made of stone, or God. Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind says that children have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being. In the Islamic tradition, it’s called the fitrah, the innate disposition to believe in God. That’s why people have always believed in something. The purpose of God’s revelations whether it is the Hindu scriptures, the Judeo-Christian scriptures or the Islamic ones, is to guide people into the direction of monotheism and not the worship of other things.
“I love you, but I’ll happily burn you eternally in fire and brimstone”. Makes sense.
I was once listening to a talk by a pious man who said that hell is not eternal. A woman replied: “If I’m going to heaven in the end, what’s to stop me being a bad person”? This is the problem, people are stupid. So God has to make hyperbolic statements so that people remain in line. How hell is interpreted has to be left to the metaphysicians, and many Islamic metaphysicians who were also great scholars, say hell is not eternal. The prophetic intercession, which the Islamic tradition talks about, ensures that all people will leave hell. The punishments of hell are also symbolic, as anything metaphysical can’t be accurately described in human language. Hell is a place of divine alienation where the soul is purified before it can go Home and be a delight to the other blessed spirits.
@RichardDawkins I don’t know how the universe came about. Therefore an invisible, anthropomorphic supernatural entity made it. Makes sense.
You’ve got the sentence muddled. It should read: An invisible, anthropomorphic supernatural entity made the universe. Therefore I know how it came about. [By the way, many religious people don’t believe God to be an anthropomorphised entity but interpret anthropomorphic verses metaphorically.]
@RichardDawkins Sure, you may be a person that is a paragon of humanity, but since you don’t believe in God, hell for you. Makes sense.
God won’t put anyone in hell unless he/she deserves it. The belief is that God is Just. The Arabic word for disbeliever, kafir, actually means someone who conceals the truth, it also means somebody who is an ingrate. So hell is for ungrateful, closed-minded, truth concealers. And the final judgements lies with God.
@RichardDawkins Out of all the human qualities, ‘belief’ is the most important. Makes sense
Not true. Belief and action are both paramount. Whenever the Quran uses the word belief, it also uses the word action.
@RichardDawkins “I designed a universe of a billion, billion galaxies, but I’m bothered who you sleep with.” Makes sense.
God is both utterly transcendent but also intimately close within the cosmos. He therefore wants what is best for us and who and what you sleep with is important. You can catch all sorts of icky stuff and you can also hurt people’s feelings.
@RichardDawkins “I need a holy book to know not to kill anyone”. Makes sense.
Unfortunately, some people do.
God tested Abraham by ordering him to kill his own child, just to see if Abe would truly obey any/all orders. Makes sense.
Actually a great lesson that life is a transient sojourn and that, while we are here, we should be prepared to give up everything. Only through slaughtering our desire for this world, which is finite and consists of temporary pleasures, can we really form a connection with the divine and attain spiritual happiness. And the story ends with him not sacrificing his son.
@RichardDawkins God could cure that sick baby but won’t unless people ask Him nicely and tell Him how wonderful He is. Makes sense.
God is not in need of us, we are in need of Him, He wants us to humble ourselves and get rid of our ego.
God loves everyone…except gays, women, atheists and anyone who doesn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ. Makes sense.
Not true. God loves everyone, as Hecreated us out of a divine act of love. He doesn’t, however, love everything that we do, as it often distances ourselves from Him. He wants us to draw close to Him.
@RichardDawkins The big bang is a lie, because everything that exists has a cause. Except god. Makes sense.
Religion doesn’t deny the big bang. The Quran actually talks about it in 21:30. And, yes, God doesn’t have a cause because he is not contingent and He is the one who manifested everything into creation.
@RichardDawkins God gave us incredible brains, thirst for knowledge, free will. If we use them to question Him, we burn in hell. Makes sense.
Not true. God wants us to question things. The Quran encourages humans to ponder, intellect, ruminate and ratiocinate.
@RichardDawkins I ignore 95% of the Bible but you’re an amoral monster for ignoring all of it. Makes sense.
Human beings are strange creatures, we have big egos.
With best wishes,