Another example of this can be found in his book "The Language Of God"
The major and inescapable flaw of Dawkins's claim that science demands atheism is that it goes beyond the evidence. If God is outside of nature, then science can neither prove nor disprove His existence. Atheism itself must therefore be considered a form of blind faith, in that it adopts a belief system that cannot be defended on the basis of pure reason.
What Collins ignores in this arguments is that, if God is outside of nature and so beyond the reach of science, this can only be because it cannot interact with nature in any way. If it can interact, then this interaction would be detectable by science and God would be part of nature, and so open to examination by scientific methods.
Collins appears to hold to two mutually contradictory beliefs simultaneously:
- God can interact with and influence nature and we can interact with and influence God.
- God cannot interact with nature and we cannot interact with God.