Garry Gutting: On Dawkin’s Atheism

Garry Gutting wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on Dawkins Atheism found here. I thought Gutting was very generous with his critique and admitted that Dawkin’s book The God Delusion was “stimulating, informative and often right on target”. A significant point that Gutting brings up is Dawkins argument which can be understood as:

1. If God exists, he must be both the intelligent designer of the universe and a being that explains the universe but is not itself in need of explanation.

2. An intelligent designer of the universe would be a highly complex being.

3. A highly complex being would itself require explanation.

4. Therefore, God cannot be both the intelligent designer of the universe and the ultimate explanation of the universe.

5. Therefore, God does not exist.

Gutting places special emphasis on premise (2) explaining that it is somewhat simplified. We would have to understand what Dawkins means by “complex”. It’s a valid point we can often run the risk of creating a categorical error when making comparisons of God. Moreover, depending on the level of complexity it could be the case that an inteligent designer’s complexity greatly exceeds that of finite people.

At any rate Gutting’s post is located here. Id be interested in your thoughts on Gutting.

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