- Chapter Eleven ... in which Richard Dawkins informs us that miracles do happen but are simply highly improbable natural events. He introduces us to the hand-waving marble statue and the cow that jumps over the moon — and claims that such things really could happen. Looking a little closer, however, we find that his arguments are scientifically vacuous.
- But why does the atheist need to engage in such Logical contortions, simply to establish that Literally anything will happen by natural causation1 given enough time — false conclusion though this is? Because it's the only way he can account naturalistically for the origin of life (a subject we'll address in later chapters).
- Nevertheless, Dawkins has some surprising allies as he argues that nothing can happen except by the strict operation of the laws of nature — people like theist St. Augustine and pantheist Baruch Spinoza. Their arguments, however, lead to a god who paints himself into a corner, rendered impotent by the very laws he has himself created.
- The biblical hypothesis of God, on the other hand, provides us with an altogether more rational and integrated view of providence, miracles and the meaning of life — a view that doesn't imprison God within the confines of natural law.
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