At the recent atheist rally in Washington, DC, keynote speaker Richard Dawkins was quoted as saying the following:
“The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.”
Dawkins was also quoted as saying the following later in the same talk:
“There is a logical path from religious faith to evil deeds. There is no logical path from atheism to evil deeds.”
The first problem is the obvious contradiction of at first saying there is no evil then later saying religious faith leads to it. But the second item of note is that Dawkins again reinforces the belief that the universe consists entirely of properties — blind, purposeless, indifferent processes that consist of no evil or good. The clear and logical conclusion of such a system is naturalism, the view that says that all that exists are blind natural forces. No supernatural force, no transcendant law giver who tells us what is good or evil. Yet as Dawkins demonstrates, none of us can keep such a system consistently, and we always sneak in a transcendant moral code somewhere. In this case, Dawkins has brought a universal moral code in through the side door and has let us know that religious people have violated it. Where did such a moral system come from, if all that exists are blind, purposeless, indifferent processes?
The moral argument for the existence of God is again reinforced, since Dawkins here clearly shows that he cannot consistenly hold to a system that says the universe is entirely made up of purposeless natural processes. It appears that even Richard Dawkins, whether he will admit it to himself or not, holds that there is a universal good an evil.
The interesting thing to me is that we Christians must keep reminding the atheists that when they claim that the universe is made up of completely natural processes that have blind pittiless indifference, what this really means is that the foundation of their system is entirely natural processes that have blind indifference to moral situations.