A sure sign that atheists are making progress is the increasing number of anti-atheist books issuing from theists (these, in fact, far outnumber the Big Four “new atheist” books). And now there’s a push-back DVD, coming from, of all places, the UK: “God, new evidence”. It’s produced by Focus, described as a “UK registered charity”.
Focus has produced a new DVD resource to help churches respond to the claims of new atheists like Richard Dawkins.
‘God: new evidence’ features Christian academics, including John Polkinghorne, former Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham, and Rodney Holder of The Faraday Institute.
They shed light on some of the developments in science in the last half century that support the theory that the creation of the universe and earth has been designed, contrary to the claims of new atheists that it was a random change of events.
Producer David Couchman, said: “Dawkins claims that God is a delusion and that religious faith is evil. But what if the scientific evidence itself is telling a different story?
“Over the past fifty years, scientists have uncovered a series of remarkable facts which show that the creation is an extremely unlikely place, fine-tuned in many specific ways that make human life possible. It shows all the signs that it has been purposefully designed as a place for us to live.
“We’ve made ‘God: new evidence’ as a series of videos about these remarkable discoveries that point us towards the Creator’.”
Now what’s the harm of organizations like Templeton and BioLogos, you ask? Just read the above. They are enablers of woo, ultimately devoted to the idea that science proves superstition. There’s no difference between their mischief and the blather of homeopaths and astrologers.
It’s weird, you know, that—in the absence of evidence for God—the faithful always claim that even looking for such evidence is a misguided strategy. But whenever they think they have some evidence, as with the so-called “fine tuning” of physical constants, they’re not hesitant to use it. It reminds me of the intercessory prayer study. When the study found no evidence that prayer speeded healing, the faithful dismissed that study as wrongheaded, but had the evidence come up positive, they would have trumpeted it to the skies.
Polkinghorne, of course, was a recipient of the Templeton Prize; Rodney Holder not only participated in a Templeton “Humble Approach” conference on “Multiverses and String Theory,” but also wrote a paper on miracles that won a Templeton Foundation Prize.
You can find all the videos here. I can’t bear to watch them; perhaps a stalwart reader will report?
h/t: Miranda Hale