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Dawkins and Theology

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Richard Dawkins and Theology Dawkins conclusion in his argument regarding science versus theology is that 'theology' should not be considered a subject. This is a bold conclusion to bring out as Oxford University, at which Dawkins lectures, incites and supports the study of theology at their establishment. Dawkins 'covering' premise is that theology has done nothing to help mankind uncover the origin of its existence, and that science can tell us many things about our past and our origins as beings. In his second paragraph, Dawkins streams off a list of various non-linked facts that science has brought us to understand, including anti-theological Darwinian selection. These facts however true, tell us not of the little religion has achieved but instead of the importance that scientific research has in our society. ...read more.

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Was it not science in fact that argued of many of today's common scientific facts to be false? Was it not in fact early science that led many to believe that a rise in pestilence was due to a many number of false issues? I am not arguing that science has taught us nothing of our origins as that would be ludicrous, however, as an evolutionary process it is bound to have holes and for Dawkins to try to diminish theology by declaring its prejudice with an ancient religious belief is preposterous, as we in turn could do the same for science. Dawkins has constructed his argument cleverly on the surface; however, one does not have to scratch very deep at this shroud of scientific fact and poor attempts of humiliation to uncover a weak argument. ...read more.

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This is also (from a scientific point of view) a statement of fact. c. Therefore, theology should not be considered a subject. This is where Dawkin's argument falls apart. There is nothing in his argument to explain why theology is not a subject as much as that Latin should not be considered a subject either. No country speaks Latin, and yet it is the basis for all modern European languages. Is theology not the basis of religion? Theology claimed the world to be flat and science proved it wrong, creationism stated that mankind was made in state, science proved it wrong. If theology never existed, science would lack the stepping stone it needed to evolve to its modern understanding. Science was built to counter the beliefs of theology, if Dawkins believes that theology is not a subject at all, then why does he continue to argue against it? ?? ?? ?? ?? A. Hicklin ...read more.

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