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The question Richard Dawkins cannot dodge

A few years ago the prominent British magazine The Spectator asked a series of well-known public figures whether they believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps the most surprising response came from controversial left-wing politician George Galloway, who said: 'Yes, I believe in the Resurrection. I believe God restored the life of Jesus of Nazareth and took him to his bosom. The example of suffering and sacrifice followed by vindication is central to my religious belief.'

Some replies were of course more predictable. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster responded: 'The Christian message stands or falls by this truth. Both the empty tomb and the witness of those first disciples who saw, ate and conversed with the Risen Christ highlight this. This is not only the core of my faith but it is also the faith of the Church, namely, of those countless millions who since that first Easter Sunday have believed and proclaimed that Jesus is Risen. Therefore, his life and what he promised bring meaning and hope for everyone.'

And then there was the prominent scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins, who had this to say: 'People believe in the Resurrection not because of good evidence (there isn't any) but because, if the Resurrection is not true, Christianity becomes null and void, and their life, they think, meaningless. From this it is grotesquely false logic to conclude that therefore the Resurrection must be true. The alternative – that their religion is indeed null and void – may be unpleasant for Christians to contemplate, but there is no law that says the truth has to be pleasant.'

Christian Today


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