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July 30, 2004


Paul Craddick


In my view Dawkins is "The Blind Calumniator."

His expertise is in the biological sciences, yet he makes bold to hold forth authoritatively on moral-political and sociological matters. No one can blame him for caring about these things, obviously, but qua scientist - talk of "selfish genes" notwithstanding - he has no particular expertise here.

Scientists rarely make good cosmologists, anyhow - cp. "What is Faith?" by Sir Anthony Kenny (a self-described "agnostic"), which shows pretty clearly that Dawkins misunderstands traditional, philosophical theism (sc., "natural theology").

Those of us who are atheists and understand our views to be grounded in reason shouldn't look on Dawkins as much of an ally - or so it seems to me.


From The Guardian September 15th 2001: Richard Dawkins on Religion's misguided missiles:

Our leaders have described the recent atrocity with the customary cliche: mindless cowardice. "Mindless" may be a suitable word for the vandalising of a telephone box. It is not helpful for understanding what hit New York on September 11. Those people were not mindless and they were certainly not cowards. On the contrary, they had sufficiently effective minds braced with an insane courage, and it would pay us mightily to understand where that courage came from.

It came from religion. Religion is also, of course, the underlying source of the divisiveness in the Middle East which motivated the use of this deadly weapon in the first place. But that is another story and not my concern here. My concern here is with the weapon itself. To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.


Perhaps Dawkins is ensuring he does not get smeared with a phobia?

Backword Dave

I think Jamie put it best.


"Richard Dawkins is a nice guy and fully on the side of the apes, but I’m not sure that jihad is the best way of promoting atheism."

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