Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Atheism and intelligent design: Rejecting design key factor in Christopher Hitchens' atheism

Here's the origin of the atheism of God is not great author Christopher Hitchens, according to Peter Hitchens, his Christian brother: At nine years old, he decided that his teacher was wrong, that the world could not be designed:

At the heart of this book are two extraordinary, bold statements. One is a declaration of absolute faith, faith that religion has got it wrong, a mental thunderbolt of unbelief.

Christopher describes how at the age of nine he concluded that his teacher’s claim that the world must be designed was wrong. "I simply knew, almost as if I had privileged access to a higher authority, that my teacher had managed to get everything wrong."

At the time of this revelation, he knew nothing of the vast, unending argument between those who maintain that the shape of the world is evidence of design, and those who say the same world is evidence of random, undirected natural selection.

It’s my view that he still doesn’t know all that much about this interesting dispute. Yet at the age of nine, he "simply knew" who had won one of the oldest debates in the history of mankind.

Just like he simply "knows" all kinds of things that are demonstrably incorrect, as Peter Hitchens notes in this most interesting article.

This is interesting because acceptance of intelligent design caused lifelong world-famous atheist Antony Flew to decide there must be a God.

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