Ken Ham on Richard Dawkins

Creation Scientist and founder of Answers in Genesis Ken Ham comments on Richard Dawkins atheism:

“Richard Dawkins is an atheist and one of the world’s leading spokespersons for evolution. An interviewer once made this statement to him: “The idea of evolution and natural selection makes some people feel that everything is meaningless, people’s individual lives and life in general.” Dr. Dawkins responded that, “If it’s true that it causes people to feel despair. That’s tough. If it’s true, its true; and you had better live with it.” So if I believe in atheistic evolution and it causes me to despair, what can I do? Be tough. Get used to it. That’s what it’s all about. Live with it.


And then he was asked this question, “What do you see is the problem with a terminally ill cancer patient believing in an afterlife?” Dr. Dawkins responded, “No problem at all. If I could have word with a would-be suicide bomber who thinks he is going to paradise, I would say ‘Don’t imagine for one second that you are going to paradise, you’re going to rot in the ground.’ ” At least Dr. Dawkins is consistent and honest. Without God, nothing matters. It doesn’t matter if you are terminally ill or if you are a terrorist. You are going to die, and that is the end of it. Life, then, is utterly meaningless. Nothing you can do will make a difference. When you die, you won’t even remember you were here, and in a short time, no one else will remember you either. Life has no meaning; it never did; it doesn’t now; and it never will. It’s just time and death. That’s all. That’s tough. Get used to it.


By the way, if what Dr. Dawkins is saying is true, why does he bother arguing about anything? What’s the point? Think about it! I have often wondered why an atheistic evolutionist would bother trying to convince someone of something. They believe that when you die that’s the end of you. Isaac Asimov believed that, Carl Sagan believed that, and that’s what Richard Dawkins is saying. When you die, you rot, that’s it. From that perspective, you won’t even know you were ever here; you won’t even know you ever existed. You won’t remember any of it . . . and neither will anyone else; so therefore, what is the point of arguing with the creationists? I don’t understand the point.”


(“How Could a Loving God?…Powerful Answers on Sufferings” by and © 2007 Ken Ham, pp. 52-53, Masters Book, Inc.)


4 thoughts on “Ken Ham on Richard Dawkins

  1. If he is right that evolution is indeed a fact and there is no afterlife, where is he wrong with what he’s saying? Should we knowingly lie to people about the afterlife? I think atheists and Christians need to come the agreement that we would all want to know if we were wrong, and we would want to know if someone else had the truth. Most atheists don’t believe that life is meaningless, they are describing natural processes as being meaningless or without real purpose. Christians often misunderstand what they mean when they say something is meaningless. For example, many atheists will say there is no meaning of life, but they aren’t saying that life is meaningless…they are saying that there is no predetermined route we have to follow (for the most part).

    The question about what an atheist would say to a person on their death bed is the spiritual equivalent of asking someone who is against torture if they would torture someone who had the code to a ticking time bomb that was about to kill millions of people. Of course they would torture the terrorist in that case, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that this would change their view on the morality of torture in other cases. In any case, both ‘what if’ scenarios are not ones that most people will encounter. Anyone who is speaking to an atheist/agnostic at their death bed is probably already aware that this person doesn’t believe in an afterlife. Most of us wouldn’t say anything to someone about to die that would make them uncomfortable, many of us would even lie to them if it would make their last moments easier on them. A person’s deathbed is not the time to start having deep conversations about metaphysics. It is a time to enjoy the last moments with this person that you are guaranteed to receive.

    Personally, if I was a Christian on my deathbed, and I asked someone I loved if there was an afterlife, I wouldn’t gain any comfort from the idea that there is an afterlife but my loved one won’t be allowed in there with me because they believe the wrong thing.

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