Views & Reviews Between the Lines

The God delusion

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39405.660243.59 (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1099

Re: The God delusion title devalues sensible discourse

The God Delusion title devalues sensible discourse

Dr Dalrymple’s article [1] and Dr Saripanidis’ rapid response [2] appear devalued by mentioning Richard Dawkins’ book [3] that tells us more about Dawkins than about Science. “Dawkins” and “Science” are not synonymous.

MICHAELMAS TERM STUDENTS NEED BALANCED INFORMATION
Medical students who read the BMJ may wrongly equate use by Drs Dalrymple and Saripanidis of Dawkins’ views with their endorsement of Dawkins [3 4]. They need to check other information [5-15].

GREAT SHOCK WHEN RECEIVED WISDOM IS TORPEDOED
I had a shock Michaelmas Term September-December 1954 when during the 9th of a series of lectures on “Evolution and Metaphysics” [16] by the greatest Darwinian Evolutionist of the 20th Century Professor J Z Young FRS at UCL I realised that Natural Selection could not possibly have produced unicellular to multicellular organic evolution. Subsequently, with discovery of DNA I concluded that GENETICS was the nail in the coffin of Darwinian Evolutionism because DNA is Information. And information can never evolve. [9]. Added to this the damning verdict of atheist Professor Fred Hoyle FRS - “How has the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection managed, for upwards of a century, to fasten itself like a superstition on so-called enlightened opinion? Why is the story still defended so vigorously?” [17]

USE COMMON SENSE TO ASSESS REDEFINED SCIENCE
Founders of the Scientific Method would never have said (as scientists do now): “There is no such thing as Design in Nature”. Dr Hugh Mann is right: “We all need more common sense” [18]. That there is a Designer is sheer Common Sense. [19]. The Designer must be “Supra-scientific” [16] in order to combine Power with Wisdom. Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Medawar acknowledges such a supra-scientific realm in his book “The Limits of Science” [20], while Blaise Pascal says “The supreme achievement of reason is to realise there is a limit to reason” [21]. Hear Professor John Sanford of Cornell: “It is difficult to find professors on a typical college campus who would even consider (or dare) to question the Primary Axiom, namely that man is merely the product of random mutations plus natural selection”. [10]

HAVING ABANDONED EVOLUTION WHAT IS MY OWN POSITION?
Mr Jeremiah Hilkiah of Anathoth 2643 years ago in King Josiah’s reign 627 BC: wrote: “The LORD GOD made the earth by His power, and He preserves it by His wisdom. With His own understanding He stretched out the heavens”. [22]. Just 2 examples of Divine wisdom and power in Design that elude atheists: (a) Tonal Linguistics and (b) Genius.

TONAL LINGUISTICS IS THE EPITOME OF DESIGN
Mid Pitch is the pitch immediately below high pitch and is always exactly 3 semi-tones below high pitch. The phenomenon of mid-pitch arrest producing “perfect mid-pitch”, a unique feature of the Krobo/Dangme language [23-25] eludes world class professors of Linguistics. The Krɔbɔ/Dãngme-Gã vowel imparts 6 different meanings to the same consonant while the letters f and a in Gã “can be used to express no less than 74 English words, phrases, and sentences” [26]. Denying design in Nature? As with Tonal Linguistics [23-29] so with Genius. Where Evolutionism fails History triumphs.

HISTORY HAS PROVEN THAT GENIUS IS DIVINELY BESTOWED.
Historical events that cannot be explained scientifically must never be claimed not to have occurred [30]. King Solomon 3235 years ago in Gibeon had a supra-scientific dialogue with God [31]. True? Or “Only fruitcakes believe in God”? [32-35]. “Science has no tools to define God” [30], therefore, said I “to recount what happened that night at Gibeon is, to many scientists, to recount a ‘fairy tale’. Scientifically God is BELIEVED to be the creation of my own brain. History is far and away the better witness of truth than science. And by history I mean historical events like the Holocaust, or Nine/Eleven, or Katrina, …” [30]. I first proved 45 years ago mathematically that polygamy with just 2 wives allowed a man to donate more genes to the next generation than either wife does of hers, mentioning Solomon’s 1000 females [36]. Using the genetic index MPSI which I invented [37 38] I concluded that Solomon with 700 wives and 300 concubines [39] donated genes of wisdom to generations. [30].

SOLOMONS’ GENIUS AND NOBEL PRIZES IN MEDICINE OR PHYSIOLOGY
Of over 800 individuals winning Nobel Prizes since 1901 at least 180 (22%) have been Jews. Less than 1/24 of one percent of total world population got more than 1 in every 5 Nobel Prizes. In Medicine/Physiology the proportion of Jewish male Nobel Prize winners is 1 in 3, over 100-fold overrepresentation of genius [30]. Mentioning the Y chromosome phenomenon in my article [30] “I don’t imply the solomonic gene or gene cluster is on that chromosome, because the ratio of female Jewish Nobel Prize winners among the world’s females is even higher than that of the males – a whopping 38%. The Y chromosome’s contribution is not that solomonic genius resides in it, but that the Y chromosome allows many more offspring than the female” [30].

RICHARD DAWKINS’ REACTION TO HEBREW GENIUS
Perplexity and bewilderment are the words Dawkins used to express his reaction [40].
Richard Dawkins Perplexed by High Number of Jewish Nobel ...
https://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/29/richard-dawkins-perplexed-by...

Unable to fathom Design and Hebrew Genius through his Darwinism Dawkins confesses bewilderment? But Jeremiah Hilkiah’s GOD with infinite Power and Wisdom has dealings with humans, and bestows wisdom on whom He wishes – both Jews and non-Jews. Some of the latter (I mention just 3) known personally were Ghanaian Dr Ephraim Amũ [41], Welshman Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones [42], and my paternal grand-father Dawid Apualɛtsɛ Ahulu who never went to school, but who could describe to my father the ages of all my forebears who died from sickle cell disease known in Krɔbɔ/Dãngme as Hemkm and in Gã as Tswetsweetswe right back to 1670 AD. His precise descriptions enabled me distinguish “SC” & “SS” phenotypes (See www.konotey-ahulu.com/images/generation.jpg where ‘R’ denotes hereditary Rheumatism) [43-47]. Please check all the references including “BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION NEW PERSPECTIVES” [48].

Conflict of Interest: Believer in The Lord Jesus Christ [Nuntsɔ Yesu Kristo]

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Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu FGA MD(Lond) FRCP(Lond) FRCP(Glasg) DTMH(L’pool) FGCP FWACP FTWAS Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics University of Cape Coast Ghana & Former Consultant Physician Genetic Counsellor in Sickle Cell and Other Haemoglobinopathies, 9 Harley Street, London W1G 9AL.

References

1 Dalrymple Theodore. The God Delusion. BMJ 2007; 335: 1099 November 22 www.bmj.com/content/335/7629/1099.1

2 Saripanidis Stavros. The God delusion. BMJ Rapid Responses 25 September 2016 www.bmj.com/content/335/7629/1099.1/rapid-responses

3 Dawkins Richard. The God Delusion. London – Transworld Publications 2007.
[Fellow Oxford University Professor John Lennox debates Richard Dawkins (a) The God Delusion Debate YouTube 29 June 2010 (b) Has Science buried God? YouTube 18 June 2011 [Also see www.johnlennox.org >the g…]

4 Dawkins Richard. The Greatest Show on Earth. Free Press, New York, 2009.

5 Sarfati Jonathan. The Greatest Hoax On Earth? Refuting Dawkins On Evolution. Creation Book Publishers. Atlanta Georgia, USA 2010. ISBN 978-0-949906-73-1
One of 5 comments on back cover: “With an astonishing array of scientific references, Sarfati has demonstrated that he is far and away the better debater than Richard Dawkins. Read it, and re-read it! Dr Felix Konotey-Ahulu.”

6 Sarfati Jonathan. Refuting Evolution. Amazon.com: Books 9780949906731 htpps://www.amazon.com/Refuting.Evolution-Jonathan-Sarfati/dp/0949906735
https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-index [A handbook for students, parents, and teachers countering the latest arguments for evolution]

7 Sarfati Jonathan. Refuting Evolution 2. A sequel that comprehensively counters arguments that support evolution (as presented in TV Documentaries and Scientific American) www.amazon.co.uk/refuting+evolution+2 .

8 Evolution’s Achilles Heels – 9 PhD Scientists explain evolution’s fatal flaws – in areas claimed to be its greatest strengths. Foreword by Carl Wieland. Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, Georgia USA 2014. ISBN 978-1-921643-82-8 [272 pp]
[Some Academics have been expelled from their institutions for challenging Evolution but Ben Steins’ Film “EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED” was not thought to be a great success for anti-evolutionists. See also Dr. Caroline Crocker Expelled for Challenging Darwinian ... www.discovery.org/a/7981
Dr. Caroline Crocker Expelled for Challenging Darwinian Evolution Staff Discovery Institute March 15, 2008 Print Article Dr. Caroline Crocker was a biology professor ...
a success for anti-evolutionists.]

9 Gitt Werner. In the beginning was Information – A Scientist Explains the Incredible Design in Nature. Master Books (New Leaf Publishing Group) AR 72638 USA

10 Sanford J C. Genetic Entropy. FMS Publications (FMS Foundation) USA, Fourth Edition 2014. ISBN 978-0-9816316-0-8 [271 pages]

11 Penner JG. Evolution Challenged by Language and Speech. Minerva Press, London W1R 7YB. 2000 ISBN 0 75411 092 3. [403 pages]

12 Wieland Carl. One Human Family. The Bible, Science, Race & Culture. Creation Book Publishers, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 2011 www.onehumanfamily.us [378 pages]
Book Review by FID Konotey-Ahulu in New African August/September (No 509) pages 40-45: “Charles Darwin and his apostles have got it all wrong.”

13 Andrews Edgar. Who Made GOD? Searching for a Theory of Everything. (2009)
EP Books, Pistyll Hall, Pistyll, Holywell, UK CH8 7SH www.epbooks.org [324 pages]

14 Gitt Werner. Did God use Evolution? Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung e.V. Postfach 11 01 35.33661 Bielefeld Germany 2nd Edition 2001. [160 pages]

15 Rendle Short John. Green Eye of the storm. Controversy between Science and Christianity in the lives of Arthur Rendle-Short (1880-1953); Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888); George John Romanes (1848-1894). The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh/Pennsylvania 1998. ISBN 0 85151 7277 [294 pages]

16 Konotey-Ahulu FID. The supra-scientific in clinical medicine: a challenge to Professor Know-All. doi:10.1136/bmj.323.7327.1452 Brit Med J 2001; 323(7327): 1452-1453 (22-29 Dec) http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/323/7327/1452.pdf

17 Hoyle Fred. The Intelligent Universe. Michael Joseph, London, 1985, page 25.

18 Mann Hugh. What is Life? www.bmj.com/cntent/355/bmj.i1536/rapid-responses BMJ October 4 2016

19 Sarfati Jonathan. By Design – Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Designer – The God of the Bible. Creation Book Publishers 2008 Atlanta Georgia, USA www.creationbookpublishers.com [260 pages]

20 Medawar P (1985) The limits of Science. Oxford University Press.

21 Pascale Blaise. Pensées (1657). London Penguin Books, 1966 (Translated by A J Krailsheimer).

22 Prophet Jeremiah Hilkiah. 627 BC. Holy Bible, Jeremiah Chapter 51 verse 15

23 Konotey-Ahulu FID 2007 May 2. The Remarkable African Ear: Phenomenon of Mid Pitch Arrest in Krobo-Dangme-Gã Tonal Linguistics of South East Ghana. http://blog.konotey-ahulu.com/blog_archives/2007/5/5/301434.html African American Museum of Philadelphia Award Lecture

24 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Social pathology of Cleft Palate in The African: Mathematical Precision of Pitch Gaps in Tribal Tonal Linguistics. Ghana Med J 2008; 42: 89-91. http://www.ghanamedassociation.org/ | http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov.articlerender.fcgi?artid=2631266 and http://bit.ly/f8dVG3

25 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Konotey-Ahulu FID. Tonal languages, Genetics, Human Race and James Watson’s Clanger. (January 2008) http://creation.com/

26 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Tonic Sol-Fa Is The Foundation Of Tonal Linguistics. DRUMSPEAK (Supplement) International J of Research in the Humanities. New Series Vol 3. No. 1, May 2010. Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. ISSN (0855-9945). http://bit.ly/bEdcc4

27 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Music (and Tonal Language) and the art of being human I.
http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6965.full/reply#bmj_el_246612
BMJ Rapid Response Dec 20 2010

28 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Music (and Tonal Language) and the art of being human II.
http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6965.full/reply#bmj_el_246615
BMJ Rapid Response Dec 20.2010

29 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Music (and Tonal Language) and the art of being human III.
http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6965.full/reply#bmj_el_246618
BMJ Rapid Response Dec 20.2010

30 Konotey-Ahulu FID. History versus Limits of Science: Is Solomonic Genius a Y Chromosome Phenomenon? J Genet Disorders Genetic Reports 2014; 3: 2 http://bit.ly/1wyq5H5 [Quoted Konotey-Ahulu FID (2012) “Private Thoughts: There is no evidence that I was born on a Saturday. Postgraduate Medical Journal of Ghana 1: 32-33” which often proved superiority of history over science in arriving at truth].

31 Holy Bible. First Book of Kings Chapter 3 verses 5 to 12 [GOD said to Solomon, verse 12: “I will give you what you ask for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!”] Also 2 Chronicles 1 verse 12.

32 Struthers Mark.Re: Luc Montagnier and Andrew Wakefield living parallel lives
http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2642/reply#bmj_el_260294 BMJ Rapid Resp
“I understand there are medical scientists - admittedly at the fruitcake end
of the spectrum - who believe in God despite there being not a shred of
scientific evidence, medical or otherwise of His existence" 9 May 2011.

33 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Only fruitcakes believe in GOD? Rapid Response BMJ 11 May 2011 http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2642/reply#bmj._el_260425
[Correction in Reference 34]

34 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Only fruitcakes believe in in GOD? Correction of inverted inheritance of solomonic genius. BMJ Rapid Resp 12 May2011. [See Reference 33]
http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2642/reply#bmj_el_260496

35 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Is talking about God to be banned from clinical care? Rapid Resp http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3275/reply#bmj_el_261475 June 2 2011.

36 FID. Konotey-Ahulu FID. Maintenance of high sickling rate in Africa: Role of polygamy. J Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 1970 Jan; 73(1): 19-21 (38 references).
[The widely accepted claim that high levels of Sickle Cell Trait are due to normal haemoglobin phenotypes being decimated from Falciparum Malaria, leaving traits to thrive, has not been epidemiologically substantiated. My family of 4 different haemoglobin phenotypes lived under the same roof, and were bitten by the same mosquitoes. Trait siblings and our Trait parents all suffered from malaria. To extrapolate phenotypic variation in response to Falciparum Malaria to trumpeting loudly (as is widely done) that Darwinian Evolution was facilitated thereby is, as I have said else-where, “scraping the genetic barrel”. Northern Nigeria alone has 30 million sickle cell traits. See reference 37 below.

37 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Male procreative superiority index (MPSI): The missing co-efficient in African anthropogenetics. BMJ 1980; 281(6256): 1700-1702 doi:10.1136/bmj.281.6256.1700 http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/281/6256/1700.pdf http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1715685&blobtype=pdf

38 Konotey-Ahulu FID. The Male Procreative Superiority Index (MPSI): its relevance to genetical counseling. In FIFTY YEARS OF HUMAN GENETICS: A Festschrift and liber amicorum to celebrate the life and work of GEORGE ROBERT FRASER Edited by Oliver Mayo and Carolyn Leach. Wakefield Press 2007 1 The Parade West, Kent Town, Sth Australia 5067). www.wakefieldpress.com.au [568 pages].

39 Holy Bible. 1 Kings chapter 11 verses 1 to 3.

40 Dawkins Richard. “Richard Dawkins Perplexed by High Number of Jewish Nobel ...https://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/29/richard-dawkins-perplexed-by..”

41 Laryea Philip T. (2012) Ephraim Amu, Nationalist, Poet, and Theologian (1899-1995). Akropong-Akuapem, Regium Africa. ISBN 10: 9988122934 Amazon.com

42 Murray Iain (2013). Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones 1899-1980 Banner of Truth Trust Edinburgh. [This doctor qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital London University with First Class Honours and Distinction in Medicine & Therapeutics. Proceeded Doctorate in Medicine with his MD Thesis on Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis. Assisted Lord Horder, Physician to King George V, then suddenly announced retirement from Clinical Medicine and became a preacher. Those not allergic to Christian Worship may wish to listen to Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones MD MRCP. Listen to one of his messages at Westminster Chapel on 24th November 1963, Sunday after assassination of President Kennedy: Go to www.soundcloud.com/dawid1 and click on JFK. I was there that never to be forgotten Sunday evening. Christians will cherish Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ 15-minute-long extempore prayer after the second hymn, plus his never to be forgotten long sermon after the 3rd hymn “In the cross of Christ I glory”. When he stepped down from the pulpit drenched in sweat, having expounded Galatians 6 verse 14, and after the last hymn “Abide with me” and Benediction, we just sat there, stunned!] Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached more than 1600 sermons. Jonathan Catherwood has all the details – jonathan@mljtrust.org

43 Konotey-Ahulu FID. Pattern of Sickle Cell Disease in Accra – A Study of 1,550 Consecutive Patients: A Thesis Presented for The Degree of Doctor Of Medicine (M.D.) and awarded In The University of London.1971 [Chapter 2: Sickle Cell Disease in Successive Ghanaian Generations For Three Centuries].

44 Konotey-Ahulu The Sickle Cell Disease Patient. Macmillan Education Ltd London 1991/1992. Foreword by Roland B Scott, MD (Howard University) - 36 chapters with 4,500 references, 643 pages. ISBN: 0-333-39239-6

45 Konotey-Ahulu FID. The Sickle Cell Disease Patient, Watford: Tetteh-A’Domeno Co, 1996 Reprint of 1991/1992 Macmillan http://www.sicklecell.md/aboutscd.asp (Natural History from a clinico-epidemiological study of the first 1550 patients of Korle Bu Hospital Sickle Cell Clinic) ISBN 0-9515442-2-5 [643 pages] Pages 106 to 108 devoted to “Evolution and the sickle cell gene”.

46 Konotey-Ahulu FID. The Human Genome Diversity Project: Cogitations of an African Native. Politics and the Life Sciences (PLS) 1999, Vol 18: No 2, pp 317-322. [Invited Commentary on Professor David Resnik's article: The Human Genome Diversity Project: Ethical Problems and Solutions. [Hereditary Disease in 9 Generations with named patients]

47 Konotey-Ahulu FID. The Sickle-cell Diseases: Clinical manifestations including the Sickle Crisis. Archives of Internal Medicine 1974; 133(4):
611-619. http://archinte.ama.assn.org/cgi/reprint/133/4/611-pdf |
[Mentioned in this article SS phenotype known as ‘gbagblaa’ identified with nails white, eyes deep yellow, stunted growth. SC phenotype also with hereditary Rheumatism (‘R’) known in the tribe as robust and often very active, called ‘pigbagblaa’]

48 BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION – New Perspectives. Editors Robert J Marks II, Michael Behe, William A Dembski. Bruce L Gordon, John C Sanford. World Scientific Publishing Co. Plc. Ltd. 2013 (Proceedings of a Symposium held May 31 2011 through June 3 2011 at Cornell University) – 563 pages.

Competing interests: Believer in The Lord Jesus Christ [Nuntsɔ Yesu Kristo]

19 October 2016
Felix ID Konotey-Ahulu
Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Former Consultant Physician Genetic Counsellor in Sickle Cell and Other Haemoglobinopathies, Phoenix Hospital Group
Hemel Hempstead, Herts
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