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  • 'I can't be sure God does not exist' Richard Dawkins admits he is in fact agnostic

    Professor Richard Dawkins dismissed his hard-earned reputation as a militant atheist - admitting that he is actually agnostic as he can't prove God doesn't exist. The country's foremost champion of Darwinist evolution stunned audience members when he made the confession during a lively debate on the origins of the universe with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Professor Dawkins is a dedicated admirer of Charles Darwin, regarding the Victorian pioneer of evolution as the man who explained ‘everything we know about life’. But when Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams suggested that Professor Darwin is often described as the world's most famous atheist, the...
  • Richard Dawkins admits he is a 'cultural Anglican'

    09/12/2013 2:29:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/12/2013
    The evolutionary biologist was speaking before the launch of his new book which explains his passion for education and how he fears the profession has become dominated by a ‘box ticking mentality.’ Prof Dawkins admitted he would consider going into a church, and would miss ‘aesthetic elements’ such as church bells if they were gone. And he said he was “grateful” to Anglicanism which he claims has a “benign tolerance” - enabling people to enjoy its traditions without necessarily believing in them. He told the Spectator: “I sort of suspect that many who profess Anglicanism probably don’t believe any of...
  • Richard Dawkins Stirs Controversy for 'Mild Pedophilia' Remarks

    09/11/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Center2Right · 22 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 10, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Richard Dawkins Stirs Controversy for 'Mild Pedophilia' Remarks By Michael Gryboski The Christian Post Notable atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has stirred controversy for recent remarks in which he refused to condemn what he called "mild pedophilia" that took place during his childhood. In an interview with The Times last weekend, Dawkins said that while in school back in the 1950s one of his schoolmasters "pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts." Dawkins went on to claim that "I don't think he did any of us lasting harm" and that he could not condemn...
  • Prominent Liberal And Avowed Atheist Richard Dawkins Supports “Mild Pedophilia”

    09/10/2013 6:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 10, 2013 | Melissa Clouthier
    Richard Dawkins is sensitive to shifting mores regarding pedophilia: Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair. “I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back...
  • Author and Oxford Lecturer Richard Dawkins Defends 'Mild Pedophilia'

    09/10/2013 6:44:15 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/10/2013 | Dan Riehl
    How much pedophilia is just enough, or perhaps a wee bit too much remains unclear in the opinion of Oxford lecturer and author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion Richard Dawkins. Dawkins described sexual abuse among former classmates as "mild touching up" that allegedly did no “lasting harm.” Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.
  • For Richard Dawkins Muslim-Bashing is Different Than Christian-Bashing

    08/11/2013 9:23:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-12-13 | Michael L. Brown
    Professor Richard Dawkins, known as the world’s most famous atheist, has risen to rock star status for his attacks on God and religion, in particular, his attacks on the God of the Bible. But when he recently criticized Muslims, he was in for a surprise. Before looking at Dawkins’ rather mild criticism of Muslims, let’s remember the depth of his vitriol against Christians and the Bible, most of which has only enhanced Dawkins’ reputation. In an April interview aired on the Qatar-based TV network Al Jazeera, Dawkins railed on the Catholic Church, saying that, as “Horrible as sexual abuse no...
  • Richard Dawkins Branded "Racist" Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

    08/09/2013 11:21:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 68 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/8/13 | Ari Soffer
    Controversial atheist British professor Richard Dawkins has provoked outrage in a tweet he made deriding the lack of academic achievements by Muslims. On Thursday, the best-selling author of "The God Delusion," tweeted that: "All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” That post provoked a slew of outraged responses, including accusations of "racism," and "Islamophobia." Responding to the fierce criticism, Dawkins retorted in another tweet: "Muslims aren't a race. What they have in common is a religion. Rather than Trinity, would you prefer the comparison with Jews?...
  • Professor Richard Dawkins embroiled in Twitter row over Muslim comments

    08/08/2013 9:43:35 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 73 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 8, 2013 | Alice Philipson
    Richard Dawkins has been forced to defend controversial comments he made online after saying the last time Muslims contributed something worthwhile was during the Middle Ages. Prof Dawkins, the bestselling author of The God Delusion, wrote on Twitter that all the world's Muslims had won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. He went on to argue that although Muslims were responsible for many achievements during the Dark Ages, including alchemy and algebra, their contribution since then was questionable. His comments sparked outrage from many high-profile writers and journalists including author Caitlin Moran and Channel 4 News Economics Editor Faisal...
  • Chief Rabbi: atheism has failed. Only religion can defeat the new barbarians

    07/02/2013 6:14:44 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 15 June 2013 | Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of U.K.
    Rabbis, priests, bishops in Britain I love the remark made by one Oxford don about another: ‘On the surface, he’s profound, but deep down, he’s superficial.’ That sentence has more than once come to mind when reading the new atheists. Future intellectual historians will look back with wonder at the strange phenomenon of seemingly intelligent secularists in the 21st century believing that if they could show that the first chapters of Genesis are not literally true, that the universe is more than 6,000 years old and there might be other explanations for rainbows than as a sign of God’s...
  • Intolerant Secularists

    05/14/2013 2:42:25 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 July 2012 | Enza Ferreri
    People like Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , and Christopher Hitchens, who wrote God Is Not Great (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , et al, when attacking “religion”, play on various ambiguities. They create ambiguities in their choice of terms and then these ambiguities are convenient for them. The first instance of ambiguity is the use of the term “religion”. It puts together all sorts of people and doctrines which may have very little in common. To give an analogy, the flat earth theory is undoubtedly a theory of physics. It says something...
  • Richard Dawkins Named 'World's Top Thinker' in Global Poll

    04/29/2013 11:42:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/29/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Famous atheist author Richard Dawkins has been named the world's top thinker in a global vote that counted 10,000 voices from over 100 countries."When Richard Dawkins, the Oxford evolutionary biologist, coined the term 'meme' in The Selfish Gene 37 years ago, he can't have anticipated its current popularity as a word to describe internet fads," said Prospect Magazine, which conducted the poll, in explaining the biologist professor's popularity."But this is only one of the ways in which he thrives as an intellectual in the internet age. He is also prolific on Twitter, with more than half a million followers – and...
  • Hell hath no fury like an atheist scorned

    04/07/2013 3:37:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4-3-13 | Craig Brown
    Over the past few years, evangelical atheists have switched places with fire-and-brimstone Christians: where once it was the Christians who brooked no disagreement, now it is the atheists; and it is the atheists, too, who perform cartwheels on the heads of pins. Christopher Hitchens once even managed to argue of the Reverend Martin Luther King, of all people, that ‘In no real as opposed to nominal sense . . . was he a Christian’. A weaselly self-righteousness is now the hallmark of the celebrity unbeliever. Meanwhile, it is the Christian who nods diligently in any discussion, taking pains to reassure the atheists...
  • Richard Dawkins tweets on abortion: ‘any fetus is less human than an adult pig’

    03/16/2013 3:59:36 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/15/2013 | Murray Vasser
    March 15, 2013 (LiveActionNews.org) - It would seem the pro-life movement has acquired an unlikely supporter. On Wednesday, Richard Dawkins, a vocal proponent of atheism and the author of The God Delusion, posted a provocative tweet about abortion: With respect to those meanings of "human" that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig. Now, when Dawkins typed “any fetus,” he did not mean it. He was not thinking of dolphin fetuses or dog fetuses. What he really meant to say was this: With respect to those meanings of “human” that are...
  • Facing uncomfortable truths

    03/06/2013 6:35:08 PM PST · by annalex · 8 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle Online ^ | February 24, 2013 | Douglas Murray
    By Douglas Murray, February 24, 2013Follow The JC on TwitterIn a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of "the Old Testament" is "hideous" and "a monster", and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character "in fiction". Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: "Well, um, the God of the Koran I don't know so much about."How can it be that the world's most fearless atheist, celebrated for his strident...
  • Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason

    02/15/2013 2:27:05 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 15, 2013 | Francis J. Beckwith
    In his most eloquent account of the relationship between faith and reason – the 2006 Regensberg address – Pope Benedict XVI argues that the modern understanding of reason that restricts rationality to the deliverances of the hard sciences is incapable of offering a rational justification of itself, and much of anything else that makes life worth living. “Modern scientific reason,” the Holy Father writes, “quite simply has to accept the rational structure of matter and the correspondence between our spirit [i.e., mind] and the prevailing rational structures of nature as a given, on which its methodology has to be based.”...
  • The Foolish, Spiritually Blind Richard Dawkins

    08/28/2012 4:45:27 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 3 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 08/28/2012 | Gina Miller
    God’s Word tells us about the famous atheist and prominent member of the church of evolution, Richard Dawkins. Of course, Dawkins is not mentioned by name, but the Lord speaks plainly about people like him throughout the Bible. In one example, King David declares in two separate Psalms, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” By this definition of a fool, Richard Dawkins is certainly one, because he has made a big name for himself over the years by writing and speaking against the existence of God. On Sunday, editors of the Blaze published a report...
  • The Dawkins Challenge

    06/14/2012 6:58:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Catholic Things ^ | June 13, 2012 | William E. Carroll
    The noted atheist Richard Dawkins has been very active recently in his campaign to discredit religious belief, in particular Christianity, and Roman Catholicism has been a special target. He had a debate of sorts with Rowan Williams, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, and appeared on an Australian television program, “Q and A,” with Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney. His animus against Catholicism was also evident in a joint appearance with Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and fellow non-believer (as Krauss likes to be called), at the Australian National University. Krauss is the author of the much heralded, A Universe...
  • Heated debate between Cardinal Pell and Professor Dawkins

    04/11/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Cath News ^ | April 9, 2012
    Screenshot from The Sydney Morning Herald---Frustration and something bordering on barely concealed mutual disdain boiled over more than once during the ABC's Q&A television show Monday evening, in the hour-long debate between Cardinal George Pell and Professor Richard Dawkins, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the Cardinal, because Darwin ''couldn't believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity'' - a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ''just not true''.Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ''It's on page 92...
  • Richard Dawkins: I can't be sure God does not exist (Is world's foremost atheist an agnostic now?)

    02/24/2012 10:12:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/24/2012 | John Bingham
    He is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world but last night Professor Richard Dawkins admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist. He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist. The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain. Last week Baroness Warsi, the Tory party chairman, warned of a tide of “militant secularism” challenging the...
  • Richard Dawkins and His 'Oh God' Moment

    02/17/2012 10:47:40 AM PST · by old school · 6 replies
    Townhall.Com ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | Michael Brown
    “The statistics purport to show that most people who identify themselves as Christian turn out, when questioned on what they actually think, to be ‘overwhelmingly secular in their attitudes on issues ranging from gay rights to religion in public life’. Dawkins’s conclusion is that these self-identified Christians are ‘not really Christian at all’.”
  • Hear Evolutionists/Atheists Themselves on Evil & Ethics (like Rape for Instance)

    11/21/2011 9:46:01 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 89 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 11-21-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    A new audio added to my mix of videos in regards to evolutionary ethics and rape. Richard Dawkins in an honest moment.
  • A little quiz for Richard Dawkins, super-duper Scripture scholar

    10/29/2011 3:42:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 29, 2011 | Carl Olson
    You may have heard that the illustrious Scripture scholar, Richard Dawkins (also known in some circles as Richard Dawkins, bedazzling philosopher, ahem), recently pronounced the following finding, based on years of, well, being a humility-challenged atheist:"Jesus was a great moral teacher," Dawkins said. "Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist if he had known what we know today."That's surely debatable, especially since it's not evident in the least that the sinless Son of God would be willing to sacrifice his perfect humility for a pot of prideful porridge made by the preening professor (Quick! Say that ten...
  • Richard Dawkins: "Jesus Would Have Been An Atheist If He Had Known What We Know Today"

    Man, Dawkins surely outdid himself this time. Yea, if only Jesus Christ in his all-powerful and all-knowing state 2,000 years ago would have grasped what Richard Dawkins and his fellow enlightened post-modernists knew today, by golly, he would have denied Himself and His Father on the spot. Meglomania has never had such a tough opponent.
  • Cancer-stricken Hitchens says his 'time' is coming ... receive(s) TX atheism award [shortened]

    10/11/2011 1:30:41 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 55 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 10th October 2011 | John Stevens
    Christopher Hitchens said that his 'time' is coming as he made his first public appearance in months...The controversial writer and fervent atheist, who is suffering from oesophagus cancer, attended the Atheist Alliance of America conference in Texas where he was presented an award by Richard Dawkins. The 62-year-old said that he had been determined to attend the conference because of the state's Bible Belt devotion. Receiving the Richard Dawkins Freethinker of the Year Award, Hitchens looked gaunt and his voice was soft. ... During his speech Hitchens said that he appreciated the fact that Texas governor Rick Perry had been...
  • Christian Philosopher William Lane Craig Is Ready to Debate, but Finds Few Challengers

    08/21/2011 7:55:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2011 | Lauren Green
    American Evangelical theologian William Lane Craig is ready to debate the rationality of faith during his U.K tour this fall, but it appears that some atheist philosophers are running shy of the challenge. This month president of the British Humanist Association, Polly Toynbee, pulled out of an agreed debate at London’s Westminster Central Hall in October, saying she “hadn’t realized the nature of Mr. Lane Craig’s debating style.” Lane Craig, who is a professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., and author of 30 books and hundreds of scholarly articles, is no stranger to the...
  • Rebecca Watson: "Stop Sexualizing Me!"

    07/10/2011 2:35:05 PM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    The Other McCain (conservative blog) ^ | July 7, 2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    This was originally going to be titled, “Agreeing With Richard Dawkins,” because one of the world’s most notorious Darwinists has offended feminists by telling them that there are worse things than being propositioned in a hotel elevator. But then I saw the video in which the atheist chick at the epicenter of this controversy made the complaint that prompted Dawkins’ rebuke and said, “Oh, hell.” This gets funny, so keep reading. Hat-tip to Ann Althouse, and thanks to commenter Joe for pointing it out.
  • Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God

    05/17/2011 8:37:33 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 14, 2011 | Tim Ross
    Richard Dawkins has made his name as the scourge of organised religion who branded the Roman Catholic Church “evil” and once called the Pope “a leering old villain in a frock”. But he now stands accused of “cowardice” after refusing four invitations to debate the existence of God with a renowned Christian philosopher. A war of words has broken out between the best selling author of The God Delusion, and his critics, who see his refusal to take on the American academic, William Lane Craig, as a “glaring” failure and a sign that he may be losing his nerve.
  • Observer columnist says Pope’s visit reduced Dawkins to ‘a rambling and wild-eyed madman’

    01/02/2011 3:43:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Kevin McKenna’s  review of 2010 in The Observer newspaper includes his assessment of Richard Dawkins behaviour during Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK:‘ The Pope’s visit was great but tinged with sadness because it reduced that once-great biologist Richard Dawkins to a rambling and wild-eyed madman hurling foam-flecked adolescent insults at the Roman holy man. I trust someone is giving the scientist his soup and caramelised biscuits as he recuperates. I even hear of a Richard Dawkins care fund. Could someone forward me the address?’Protect the Pope comment: Couldn’t agree more! It was a relief that the BBC cut away from...
  • Beware the New Atheists

    Did you know that the English-speaking world is in the midst of an Atheistic revival? It is fueled by a small but widely celebrated group of authors and thinkers who call themselves “the Brights”, and who lecture, debate and write best-selling books which have a wide following among young college and University students. These are not your father’s atheists either. They are articulate, impassioned, and effective at the use of the media, and the internet. The “new Atheists” believe that the old atheists were too tolerant of religion, and not aggressive enough in their attacks upon it. To them, religion...
  • Richard Dawkins compares burqa to 'bin liner' ( UK )

    08/10/2010 8:15:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NewsCore ^ | August 10, 2010
    BRITISH academic and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins has angered Muslim groups by comparing the burqa to a trash bag. Muslim organisations reacted angrily... "I think it is ignorant and Islamaphobic," said Seyyed Ferjani, of the Muslim Association of Britain. In 2008 he said: "It's almost impossible to say anything against Islam in this country, because you are accused of being racist or Islamophobic."
  • Christian Views on Homosexuality Deemed "Hate Speech" by European Rights Agency

    07/01/2010 8:17:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 30, 2010 | Hilary White
    ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of “hate.” The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex “marriage” an example of “human degeneration,” and denied their request for membership. The ARF, a group lobbying to retain Romania’s traditional Christian social and legal underpinnings, had written on their website that, “So-called alternatives such as ‘families’ consisting of same-sex, are nothing but expressions...
  • New Term For “Bright” Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins

    06/01/2010 4:17:01 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 197+ views
    What is a “bright”? It is not, as is by now well known to contemporary thinkers, the opposite of a “dim”, a “dark”, or a “slavish, easily led idiot.” No. A “bright” is a “is a person who has a naturalistic worldview [one which] is free of supernatural and mystical elements.” Further, the “ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview.” In plain words: an “atheist,” a label brights reject, for the same reason some feminists despise the term “history”—their enemies form part of the words. When this merry band of illuminators, these light-bringers to the...
  • Dawkins & Hitchens to be Arrested for Crimes Against Intelligence

    04/12/2010 7:39:48 AM PDT · by mattstat · 17 replies · 527+ views
    Comedian Richard Dawkins and seasoned troublemaker Christopher Hitchens plan to put a headlock on Pope Benedict when he steps onto English soil. “Stop!” they plan to yell, “We arrest thee as a criminal against humanity!” It should be some good joke. Most of us know Dawkins’s stand-up routine. His “selfish gene” riff caused giggles in science clubs all over the Continent. But it was his award-winning “memes” gag that really sent them rolling in the aisles. And now he plans to perp-walk the Holy Father down a Heathrow jet bridge. Such inspired hilarity can only come from an academic. Dawkins...
  • Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI

    04/10/2010 11:49:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 656 replies · 8,816+ views
    London Times ^ | April 10th 2010 | Marc Horne
    April 11, 2010 Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI Marc Horne Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”. Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. The...
  • Winner of Ł1m Templeton prize attacks ‘fundamentalism’ of Dawkins

    03/27/2010 1:53:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/26/10 | Hannah Devlin
    The “scientific fundamentalism” promoted by the atheist Richard Dawkins was criticised yesterday by the winner of a prize he had attacked. Professor Francisco Ayala, who won the Ł1 million Templeton Prize for scientific thought, said that attacking religion and ridiculing believers provided ammunition for religious leaders who insisted that followers had to choose between God and Darwin. “Richard Dawkins has been a friend for more than 20 years, but it is unfortunate that he goes beyond the boundaries of science in making statements that antagonise believers,” he said.
  • Atheist Crusaders

    03/25/2010 5:43:23 AM PDT · by rhema · 33 replies · 687+ views
    Touchstone ^ | March/April 2010 | Phillip E. Johnson
    I have read Christopher Hitchens’s book God Is Not Great twice, in preparation for a book I have co-written with Biola University philosopher Dr. John Mark Reynolds. Due to come out this spring, our book is titled Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong About the “New Atheism.” Because not all readers may know at once who the new atheists are, I will say that they are a group of very fervent opponents of “religion,” of whom the best known are zoologist and science popularizer Richard Dawkins, Tufts University philosopher Daniel Dennett, and Hitchens. What is new about these atheists...
  • New Scientist : Time to accept that atheism, not God, is odd

    03/05/2010 10:26:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies · 1,195+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03/2010 | Editorial
    IF YOU'RE one of those committed atheists in the Richard Dawkins mould who dreams of ridding the world of religious mumbo-jumbo, prepare yourself for a disappointment: there is no good evidence that education leads to secularisation. In fact, the more we learn about the "god instinct" and the refusal of religion to fade away under the onslaught of progress, the more the non-religious mindset looks like the odd man out. That is why anthropologists, psychologists and social scientists are now putting irreligion under the microscope in the same way they once did with religious belief (see "Where do atheists come...
  • Dinesh D'Souza on Life After Death: The Atheist Delusion

    02/28/2010 1:53:01 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies · 1,230+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | Dinesh D'Souza
    In this provocative essay, Dinesh D'Souza argues that the atheist critique of life after death is actually irrational. He takes on Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and more to say their arguments lack evidence. Recently I saw atheist Richard Dawkins being interviewed on Bill Maher's television show, and Dawkins declared that he wanted to have his own death videotaped. Asked why he might contemplate such a strange thing, Dawkins replied that he was sure religious believers would spread rumors that he had converted on his deathbed, and he wanted to make sure there was a record to show he did not....
  • Richard Dawkins Unleashes Tirade Against Fans

    02/28/2010 1:33:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 689+ views
    The Times ^ | 02/25/2010
    Richard Dawkins has something of a reputation for provoking the religious community, but it seems he may have underestimated the atheistic fervour of his own fanbase. Amidst a tsunami of vulgar and vitriolic comments, the 85,000-strong forum on his official website RichardDawkins.net had to be shut down this week. The implosion appears to have been provoked by an announcement on the website that discussion threads and responses would in future be tightly moderated to help curb irrelevant discussions, frivolous gossip and abuse. However, the announcement itself created such an explosion of ire that the planned 30-day switch-over period had to...
  • Aww. The Church of Dawkins First Schism

    02/27/2010 3:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 491+ views
    cmr ^ | February 28, 2010 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The First Evangelical Church of the Atheistic Promulgation of Richard Dawkins is having its first schism. Awwww. Isn't that so cute. And guess what, poor widdle Dawkins doesn't like to be called names. Poor thing. The Times Online reports:Richard Dawkins is accustomed to provoking the wrath of religious communities, but now a schism seems to have opened up within the atheist community who make up his fan-base. The split occurred after he announced that a discussion section on his website, considered one of the busiest online atheist forums, would in future be tightly moderated and “irrelevant postings and frivolous gossip”...
  • [Atheist Biologist] Dawkins: Evangelist an 'idiot' on evolution

    12/25/2009 11:36:48 PM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 154 replies · 3,539+ views
    CNN ^ | November 25, 2009 | Peter Wilkinson
    referring to U.S.-based evangelist Ray Comfort, who argues that the universe and life is the result of an intelligent creator, Dawkins said: "There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot. "You can't prove there's no God, no fairies, no leprechauns, or that Thor or Apollo don't exist. There's got to be a positive reason to think that fairies exist. Until somebody does, we can say technically we are agnostic about fairies. We can't disprove them, but we think it's a bit...
  • The Religious Wars (it's curious that God wouldn’t smite tormentors like Richard Dawkins)

    11/26/2009 12:37:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 909+ views
    New York TImes ^ | 11/26/2009 | Nicholas Kristoff
    Just a few years ago, it seemed curious that an omniscient, omnipotent God wouldn’t smite tormentors like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. They all published best-selling books excoriating religion and practically inviting lightning bolts. Traditionally, religious wars were fought with swords and sieges; today, they often are fought with books. And in literary circles, these battles have usually been fought at the extremes. Fundamentalists fired volleys of Left Behind novels, in which Jesus returns to Earth to battle the Anti-Christ (whose day job was secretary general of the United Nations). Meanwhile, devout atheists built mocking Web sites like...
  • CNN Promotes Militant Atheist Richard Dawkins and His New Book

    11/25/2009 1:26:24 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 959+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 11/25/2009 | Matthew Balan
    CNN correspondent Max Foster’s short report about Richard Dawkins on Tuesday’s Situation Room played more like a commercial which promoted the militant atheist’s new book. Despite Dawkins’s past inflammatory statements about Christianity, Foster only labeled him “an outspoken critic of creationism....[whose] atheist views have put him at the center of controversy” [audio clip available here]. Anchor Suzanne Malveaux’s introduction for the correspondent’s report highlighted the 150th anniversary of the printing of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” and how Dawkins was a “controversial successor [to Darwin] carrying the torch for evolution.” Foster gave a very basic description of Dawkins’s...
  • Children on atheist billboards 'are actually Evangelical Christians' (UK)

    11/22/2009 7:01:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 936+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/2009 | Matthew More
    Two smiling child models featured on an atheist billboard are actually Evangelical Christians, it has been claimed. The boy and girl can currently be seen next to the slogan "Don't Label Me" on adverts funded by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and endorsed by Prof Richard Dawkins, the scientist and prominent atheist. The posters form part of a campaign urging parents not to define their children by their own faith, which some secularists claim amounts to an abuse of their human rights. But the campaign appears to have backfired after a Christian community leader said that the models pictured in...
  • The Surprising Fact of Morality (Evolutionists have some ingenious explanations for morality)

    11/04/2009 8:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1,315+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/4/2009 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Morality is both a universal and a surprising fact about human nature. When I say that morality is universal I am not referring to this or that moral code. In fact, I am not referring to an external moral code at all. Rather, I am referring to morality as the voice within, the interior source that Adam Smith called the “impartial spectator.” Morality in this sense is an uncoercive but authoritative judge. It has no power to compel us, but it speaks with unquestioned authority. Of course we can and frequently do reject what morality commands, but when we do...
  • Christopher Hitchens Manages to Top Richard Dawkins, Assails Mother Theresa (Calls her a Fraud)

    10/31/2009 8:30:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,736+ views
    Discovery ^ | 10/31/2009 | Bruce Chapman
    Catholics and other Christians probably don't care what anyone says about them anymore, given the relative lack of outrage over Richard Dawkins' comments in The Washington Post this week. (See blog post below). So who will notice what Christopher Hitchens just unloaded on the Dennis Miller show this morning? Miller, let it be said, was not buying it at all--merely letting Hitchens spout this about abortion and Mother Theresa: "Mother Theresa spent her whole life saying (that what Calcutta needs) is a huge campaign against family planning. I mean, who comes to that conclusion who isn't a complete fanatic? She...
  • MAJOR NEWSPAPERS BLAST CATHOLICISM

    10/29/2009 6:18:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 1,522+ views
    Catholic League ^ | October 28, 2009 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Last Friday on the Washington Post blog, “On Faith,” English atheist Richard Dawkins said the Catholic Church was “surely up there among the leaders” as “the greatest force for evil in the world.” He labeled the Eucharist a “cannibal feast,” adding that “possession of testicles is an essential qualification to perform the rite.” He also blamed the Church for sending missionaries “out to tell deliberate lies to AIDS-weakened Africans” regarding condoms. The Church’s outreach to Anglicans, he said, makes it “a common pimp,” noting that those who convert “will be joining an institution...
  • Darwin’s Defenders Deny Life’s Evident Design

    10/25/2009 10:42:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,225+ views
    Church Report ^ | October 23, 2009 | Stephen Myer, Ph.D.
    Following on the heels of his last bestseller, The God Delusion, Darwinian biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has scored another publishing triumph. The No. 5 bestseller in the country, according to the New York Times, is Dawkins’s The Great Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. You might think his success would give him the courage to face critics of his ideas in open debate. But you would be wrong. As one of the architects of the theory of intelligent design, I have formally challenged Dawkins to debate our contrasting views of evolution before the public, but his representatives have...
  • Dawkins Refuses to Debate Intelligent Design Scholars

    10/14/2009 8:47:36 AM PDT · by bogusname · 41 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Oct. 13 2009 | Eric Young
    Atheist author Richard Dawkins has made it loud and clear that he believes faith has no place in science and that a public debate between him and a creationist – of any type – is out of the question. “The objection to having debates with people like that (creationists) is that it gives them a kind of respectability,” Dawkins said during a recent appearance on the Michael Medved show. “If a real scientist goes onto a debating platform with a creationist, it gives them a respectability, which I do not think your people have earned,” he told Discovery Institute President...
  • Man vs. God (Karen Armstrong vs Richard Dawkins )

    09/15/2009 4:50:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 695+ views
    We commissioned Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to respond independently to the question "Where does evolution leave God?" Neither knew what the other would say. Here are the results. Karen Armstrong says we need God to grasp the wonder of our existence CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO READ WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY... Richard Dawkins argues that evolution leaves God with nothing to do CLICK ON ABOVE LINK TO READ WHAT HE HAS TO SAY...