16. On Dawkin’s “The God Delusion.”

The prolific polemicist, who is also a brilliant scientist and erudite writer, has launched another attack on the sacred center of religions: God. He declares God to be a delusion, and devotes 350 plus pages to elaborate on it. The book is interesting in that it is replete with the absurdities of many self-proclaimed religionists, and disposes of scientific proofs for God with ease. It dismantles the framework in which God becomes plausible, and illustrates how religions have led to war, bigotry and child-abuse. In this as in many other books, Dawkins speaks eloquently against the God of religions, and gives voice to millions of people who share his contempt for religion, but can’t express themselves so well.
Virulent attacks, whether on belief-systems or on governments, whether with words or with bloody deeds, arise from moral outrage or the victim-complex. They are based on the conviction that their targets are not only misguided in their grasp of the Ultimate Truth, but also represent all that is wrong and evil in the world. They are spurred by the hope that the enemies will be eliminated by harsh words or violent acts. The authors of hurtful words and perpetrators of harmful deeds are ignorant of, indifferent to, or choose to discard anything positive their enemies, the faithful or the infidels, as the case may be, might have done.
It is doubtful that ruthless crusaders for the Truth as They See It will succeed in completely decimating their adversaries. But they can have reformatory impacts on their enemies. They also instill satisfaction in the hearts of members of their own group.
For these reasons, more than for any originality in the thesis which dates back to the ancient world, this book is a worthy addition to humanity’s cultural history.
I resonate with Dawkin’s rationality, but I am also reminded of the poem:

God is there in the lepton’s heart
In galactic stretches too.
More ancient than the Cosmic start,
Yet, ever fresh and new.
Some prove a God, some disprove,
With logic as their start.
But no one can or ever will move
God from the faithful’s heart.
Let mockers mock, and scholars say
Whatever they decide.
The God to whom most people pray,
Isn’t proved, but felt inside.


About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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