Oxford Professor Emeritus Fellow Richard Dawkins is among the world’s most famous atheists, thanks largely to his prolific pen, which produced such well-read books as “The God Delusion” and “The Blind Watchmaker.”
Less appreciated perhaps is the unmitigated bluntness with which Dawkins so forthrightly discusses the implications of his conclusions about the origin of man and the universe for the rest of us.
Writing on the Moral Apologetics blog last year, Theologian Tom Thomas pointed to the stark difference between Dawkins’ view of suffering and tragedy in human existence that of Jesus Christ.
Thomas noted this of Dawkins’ view:
“The necessary presupposition of this Neo-Darwinist’s conception of suffering is we must not read purpose into a universe of ‘blind physical forces and genetic replication.’
“The universe is precisely as we should expect it. Namely, it seeks the maximization of DNA survival into the next generation. As long as DNA and genes get passed on, says Dawkins, ‘it doesn’t matter who or what gets hurt in the process … Genes don’t care about suffering, because they don’t care about anything … Nature is neither kind nor unkind. She is neither against suffering nor for it. It only matters as it affects the survival of DNA.’”
To say Jesus’ view of the nature of suffering and tragedy is the exact opposite of Dawkins’ explanation is an understatement. Rather than me giving it away, however, I encourage to go here for Thomas’ concise, highly readable treatment.