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  • How real are you?

    12/26/2008 5:36:50 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 98 replies · 2,112+ views
    How real are you? Mary MidgleyHas science shown that people are, in some sense, an illusion? According to Mary Midgley, that is precisely what some scientists now preach. Focusing particularly on a claim made by Richard Dawkins, she explains why she believes these scientists are making a serious mistake.On being a semi-illusionAre you quite real? Are you (that is) at least as real as the parts that you are composed of - your cells, your genes, your molecules and electrons and quarks and the notions that are passing through your mind? Or are they more real than you? This may...
  • My Christmas message? There's probably no God

    12/27/2008 7:00:23 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 23 replies · 934+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 23 December 2008 | Polly Toynbee
    Antidisestablishmentarianism is on the march. Which is odd, considering there is only the faintest whiff of disestablishmentarianism to fight. The Archbishop of Canterbury set this hare running with his usual confused mumbling into his beard. To disestablish the church would be "by no means the end of the world", he said bravely. He hastened to add that he did not want the church sundered from the state right now. And he would oppose "secularists [boo, hiss] trying to push religion into the private sphere". This sent the Telegraph and Mail into a spin, claiming a devilish distestablishment plot on the...
  • God - Philosophers weigh in

    12/27/2008 9:42:39 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 17 replies · 685+ views
    Boston Review ^ | January/February 2009 | Alex Byrne
    God has had a lot of bad press recently. The four horsemen of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, have all published books sharply critical of belief in God: respectively, The God Delusion, Breaking the Spell, The End of Faith, and God Is Not Great. Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens pile on the greatest amount of scorn, while Dennett takes the role of good cop. But despite differences of tone and detail, they all agree that belief in God is a kind of superstition. As Harris puts it, religion “is the denial—at once full of hope and...
  • The Ten Days of Newton

    12/24/2008 11:56:25 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 38 replies · 1,053+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2008 | Olivia Judson
    Some years ago, the evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins pointed out to me that Sir Isaac Newton, the founder of modern physics and mathematics, and arguably the greatest scientist of all time, was born on Christmas Day, and that therefore Newton’s Birthday could be an alternative, if somewhat nerdy, excuse for a winter holiday. Think of the merchandise! Newton is said to have discovered the phenomenon of gravity by watching apples fall in an orchard. (His insight came after pondering why they always fall down, rather than upwards or sideways.) Newton’s Birthday cards could feature the great man discovering gravity...
  • Would you Adam and Eve it? Quarter of science teachers would teach creationism

    12/23/2008 2:38:26 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 66 replies · 979+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 23 December 2008 | James Randerson
    More than a quarter of science teachers in state schools believe that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science lessons, according to a national poll of primary and secondary teachers. The Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers found that 29% of science specialists agreed with the statement: "Alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons" Some 65% of science specialists disagreed with the statement. When asked if creationism should be "discussed" alongside evolution and the Big Bang 73% of science specialists agreed. That such a large minority of...
  • Dad links son's suicide to 'The God Delusion'

    12/07/2008 8:52:29 AM PST · by Soothesayer · 107 replies · 3,011+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | November 20, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    A New York man is linking the suicide of his 22-year-old son, a military veteran who had bright prospects in college, to the anti-Christian book "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins after a college professor challenged the son to read it. "Three people told us he had taken a biology class and was doing well in it, but other students and the professor were really challenging my son, his faith. They didn't like him as a Republican, as a Christian, and as a conservative who believed in intelligent design," the grief-stricken father, Keith Kilgore, told WND about his son, Jesse....
  • Harry Potter fails to cast spell over Professor Richard Dawkins (atheist to write book for kids)

    10/28/2008 10:19:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 1,117+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 28, 2008 | Martin Beckford and Urmee Khan
    The prominent atheist is stepping down from his post at Oxford University to write a book aimed at youngsters in which he will warn them against believing in "anti-scientific" fairytales. Prof Hawkins said: "The book I write next year will be a children's book on how to think about the world, science thinking contrasted with mythical thinking. "I haven't read Harry Potter, I have read Pullman who is the other leading children's author that one might mention and I love his books. I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales." Prof Dawkins said he wanted to look...
  • Is Richard Dawkins still evolving? (He now says a case could be made for a deistic God.)

    10/24/2008 5:33:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1,196+ views
    The Spectator ^ | October 23, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    On Tuesday evening I attended the debate between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox at Oxford’s Natural History Museum. This was the second public encounter between the two men, but it turned out to be very different from the first. Lennox is the Oxford mathematics professor whose book, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? is to my mind an excoriating demolition of Dawkins’s overreach from biology into religion as expressed in his book The God Delusion -- all the more devastating because Lennox attacks him on the basis of science itself. In the first debate, which can be seen on video...
  • Professor Antony Flew reviews The God Delusion (World's foremost former atheist critiques Dawkins)

    07/20/2008 3:48:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 327+ views
    BeThinking.org ^ | July 2008 | Antony Flew
    On 1st November 2007, Professor Antony Flew’s new book There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed his Mind was published by HarperOne. Professor Flew has been called ‘the world's most influential philosophical atheist’, as well as ‘one of the most renowned atheists of the 20th Century’ (see Peter S. Williams’ bethinking.org article “A change of mind for Antony Flew”). In his book, Professor Flew recounts how he has come to believe in a Creator God as a result of the scientific evidence and philosophical argument. Not surprisingly, his book caused quite a stir – as can...
  • On the Matter of PZ Myers

    07/18/2008 11:12:02 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 10 replies · 169+ views
    Catholic and Enjoying it ^ | July 16, 2008 | Mark Shea
    Where to begin? Delving into this particularly sordid bit of Failed Academic Dementia is difficult, both because one hardly wants to start the day wading through a sewer, and because there are so many angles and implications to the story that it makes for large and unwieldy blogposts. For those who have been in a cave since last week, PZ Myers, a washed-up academic at a third tier school who takes out his bitterness on Christians, claimed that some human toothache named Webster Cook had received death threats for stealing a Eucharist and threatening to desecrate it. Reader John Farrell...
  • PLEASE WRITE IN SUPPORT OF PZ MYERS

    07/13/2008 2:01:13 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 23 replies · 93+ views
    RichardDawkins.net ^ | July 10, 2008 | Richard Dawkins, PZ Meyers
    PLEASE WRITE IN SUPPORT OF PZ MYERS.By Richard Dawkins Readers of yesterday's thread "It's a Goddamned Cracker" will be aware of somebody called Bill Donohue, whose grasp of reality is so poor that he can't tell the difference between a wafer and Jesus. The shrieking hysteria of Donohue and other Roman Catholics over the temporary removal of a communion wafer from a church service epitomises all that is ridiculous in the religious mind. Today's development is that Donohue is now inciting a witch-hunt against PZ, and is trying to whip up Roman Catholics to write to the President of the...
  • Open Letter to a victim of Ben Stein's lying propaganda

    04/29/2008 8:38:43 PM PDT · by Soliton · 200 replies · 366+ views
    Richard Dawkins.net ^ | 4/20/08 | Richard Dawkins
    On 18th April, the day Ben Stein's infamous film was released, Michael Shermer received the following letter from a Jew (referencing a past article that Shermer had written debunking the Holocaust deniers) whose identity I shall conceal as "David J". Now I truly understand who you atheists and darwinists really are! You people believe that it was okay for my great-grandparents to die in the Holocaust! How disgusting. Your past article about the Holocaust was just window dressing. We Jews will fight to keep people like you out of the United States! Shermer wrote to Mr J to ask if...
  • If God Is Dead, Who Gets His House?

    04/22/2008 8:07:48 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 29 replies · 94+ views
    NY Magazine ^ | Apr 21, 2008 | Sean McManus
    The fastest-growing faith in America is no faith at all. And now some atheists think they need a church. It seems unlikely that many of the 850 or so people at the Society for Ethical Culture on a recent Saturday night believed that God was still extant. But evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and possibly the most famous atheist in the world, was not taking any chances. He gave a PowerPoint presentation driving home that religion does not meet any of the standards of basic scientific inquiry, before casually flicking away a few of His last...
  • Ben Stein Exposes Richard Dawkins (Dawkins admits possibility of ID, Just Not God).

    04/21/2008 7:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 691 replies · 1,090+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 21, 2008 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In Ben Stein's new film "Expelled," there is a great scene where Richard Dawkins is going on about how evolution explains everything. This is part of Dawkins' grand claim, which echoes through several of his books, that evolution by itself has refuted the argument from design. The argument from design hold that the design of the universe and of life are most likely the product of an intelligent designer. Dawkins thinks that Darwin has disproven this argument. So Stein puts to Dawkins a simple question, "How did life begin?" One would think that this is a question that could be...
  • The search for God within reason [Timothy Keller equalizes the terms of the debate]

    03/22/2008 3:57:59 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies · 1,610+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 21, 2008 | Michael Gerson
    In a flood of bestsellers by skeptics and atheists charging a nonexistent God with crimes against humanity, Timothy Keller stands out as an effective counterpoint and as a defender of the faith. His new book, "The Reason for God," makes a tight, accessible case for reasoned religious belief. And his national tour of college campuses has drawn overflowing crowds. "This isn't because I'm well-known," Keller told me, "but because of the topic." < snip > The final part of Keller's book will be the most difficult for many readers to accept. He contends that the God of space and time...
  • Ben Stein Smart Bombs Darwinian Bunker (Richard Dawkins concedes possibility of Intelligent Design)

    03/09/2008 1:50:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies · 2,032+ views
    Jack Cashill's Website ^ | March 7,2008 | Jack Cashill
    A rousing SRO preview on Tuesday of the new Ben Stein documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, brought a Kansas City audience to its feet. And with good cause. Stein’s often funny, always engaging frontal assault on the oppressive neo-Darwinist establishment is arguably the smartest and most sophisticated documentary ever produced on the right side of the cultural divide, on any subject, ever. As such, Expelled represents still another blow to the progressive orthodoxy of government-issued science in its winter of discontent. The winter started early when in November two separate labs, one in Wisconsin, one in Japan, announced the breakthrough...
  • Confessions of a Cultural Christian (Richard Dawkins Admits to Being One)

    01/27/2008 7:27:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 168+ views
    tothesource.org ^ | January 8,2008 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Asked by a British member of Parliament if he is one of those atheists who wants to get rid of Christian symbols especially during the Christmas season, atheist Richard Dawkins replied that he is not. Dawkins said that he himself sings Christmas carols and that he considers himself a "cultural Christian." Just as many Jews regard themselves as Jewish, defend Jewish interests and cherish Jewish culture while not participating in Jewish religious rituals, Dawkins says that he respects the fact that the history and traditions of the West are shaped by Christianity. Dawkins says he's not one of those who...
  • Christmas Football

    12/15/2007 12:27:19 PM PST · by mbohling · 1 replies · 115+ views
    NewsCWiPP ^ | 12/13/2007 | Dr. Peter R. Jones
    Christmas Football Most people believe the jerseys are either black or white. On the black team are materialistic unbelieving atheists. On the white team are all the "people of faith." But if you think this way, change the channel. You are watching the wrong game. The real game, going on under our noses, is much more complicated. Modern day atheists are not all they seem to be. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, who comes over as a rationalistic materialist, actually said in an interview on BBC radio interview, Dec 9, 2007, (I was awake and heard it!) that...
  • Atheists arise: Dawkins spreads the A-word among America's unbelievers

    10/11/2007 6:57:03 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 24 replies · 540+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 10/11/2007 | Ewen MacAskill
    It is like Daniel going into the lions' den, though Professor Richard Dawkins might not appreciate the biblical comparison. Britain's leading atheist is spearheading a campaign in America to challenge the dominance of religion in every day life and in politics, insisting that the millions of US godless deserve to be heard too. Atheists in the US "have been downtrodden for a very long time. So I think some sort of political organisation is what they need", he said. Maybe David and Goliath would be a better analogy. Religion is palpable in US schools, places of work and public institutions....
  • What about the Children? Is Religion Child Abuse? Part 3 of 5

    10/10/2007 9:25:19 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 9 replies · 249+ views
    Breakpopint ^ | October 10, 2007 | Chuck Colson
    In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins argues that religious belief is—what else?—delusional. He mocks the irrationality of believing in something that you cannot subject to scientific scrutiny; he rails against the so-called “immorality” of the Bible, like the sanctioning of slavery—untrue—and the alleged way that religion, especially Christianity, stands in the way of scientific progress—also untrue. Just in case his readers are not convinced, however, he then pulls out the really big gun: Religious belief is a kind of child abuse. By “child abuse” Dawkins is not, at least not principally, referring to the scandals involving sexual misconduct...
  • Dawkins: Jews Control US Policy

    10/08/2007 1:22:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies · 5,070+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | October 8, '07 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Professor Richard Dawkins, a senior British evolutionary scientist and outspoken atheist, drew fire on Monday for saying that Jews “more or less monopolize American foreign policy.” Religious Jews are a small group, Dawkins said, but are “fantastically successful” in lobbying the US government. Dawkins, who is currently in the US in an attempt to promote atheism and fight religious influence, expressed hope that atheists would be similarly successful in determining government policy. A number of Jewish leaders responded immediately, with ADL head Abe Foxman calling Dawkin’s remarks “classic anti-Semitism.” Malcom Hoenlein, a senior official in the Conference of Presidents...
  • Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing Intolerance of Evidence for Intelligent Design

    10/07/2007 7:15:09 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 123 replies · 1,900+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 5, 2007
    Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing Intolerance of Evidence for Intelligent Design EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed Coming to Theatres in February 2008 LOS ANGELES, October 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) -  Atheist scientists who have become famous for attacking those who disagree with them are now loudly complaining about supposedly being mistreated in a film they haven't seen. Oxford zoologist, Richard Dawkins, has made a lot of money and fame calling people who believe in God "delusional." Yet he is now grumbling that the producers of EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed "tricked" him into doing an interview. EXPELLED exposes the intimidation, persecution...
  • Audio Transcript of the Dawkins/Lennox God Delusion Debate in Birmingham, Alabama

    10/06/2007 2:38:18 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 303 replies · 3,889+ views
    Ladies and Gentlemen and All Interested Parties...This is in regards to the previously advertised debate announced here previously. The audio transcripts of the debate are now available here The debate featured Professor Richard Dawkins, Fellow of the Royal Society and Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and Dr. John Lennox (MA, MA, Ph.D., D.Phil., D.Sc.), Reader in Mathematics and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green College, University of Oxford. Dawkins, voted by Europe's Prospect Magazine as one of the world's most important intellectuals, is regarded by many as the spokesman for the...
  • Scientists Feel Miscast in Film on Life’s Origin (Creationist Dishonesty)

    09/27/2007 9:05:18 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 508 replies · 1,662+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sept 27, 2007 | CORNELIA DEAN
    A few months ago, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins received an e-mail message from a producer at Rampant Films inviting him to be interviewed for a documentary called “Crossroads.”The film, with Ben Stein, the actor, economist and freelance columnist, as its host, is described on Rampant’s Web site as an examination of the intersection of science and religion. Dr. Dawkins was an obvious choice. An eminent scientist who teaches at Oxford Universityin England, he is also an outspoken atheist who has repeatedly likened religious faith to a mental defect.But now, Dr. Dawkins and other scientists who agreed to be interviewed...
  • Arrogance, dogma and why science - not faith - is the new enemy of reason (and aids kooks)

    08/06/2007 6:03:03 PM PDT · by gobucks · 49 replies · 1,023+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 Aug 2007 | Melanie Phillips
    Our most celebrated atheist, the biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, has briefly turned his attention away from bashing people who believe in God. Instead, he is about to bash people who subscribe to 'new age' therapies which he says are based on 'irrational superstition'. In a TV programme to be shown later this month, Dawkins looks at a range of ludicrous therapies and gurus, including faith healers, psychic mediums, 'angel therapists', 'aura photographers', astrologers and others. Not surprisingly, he is horrified by such widespread irrationality, not to mention an exploitative industry that fleeces people while encouraging them to run away from...
  • The Dawkins Delusion : Britain's Crusading Atheist dismisses all religious faith as insanity

    07/20/2007 9:41:31 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 133 replies · 2,543+ views
    Commonweal ^ | 04/20/2007 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    While many Americans know Oxford professor and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins for The Selfish Gene, the 1976 science bestseller that portrayed all life as a struggle to propagate DNA, they may be less familiar with his other identity as a crusading atheist. Yet last fall Dawkins made news with a new book, The God Delusion, dismissing all religious faith as “insanity.” Arguing that “natural selection and other scientific theories are superior to a God hypothesis in explaining the living world,” Dawkins says he wrote the book as a “consciousness-raising exercise,” in the hope that “religious believers who open it will...
  • Heads up --- The God Delusion Debate : October 3, 2007 (Prof. Richard Dawkins vs Dr. John Lennox)

    07/01/2007 1:31:54 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 768+ views
    "The God Delusion" Debate Wednesday, October 3, 2007 The Alys Stephens Center Birmingham, Alabama Remaining true to our goal of engaging secular culture on critical issues in a thoughtful, respectful manner, Fixed Point Foundation will sponsor a debate on what is arguably the most critical question of our time: the existence of God. The decision one makes regarding this question has implications that reverberate throughout eternity to be sure, but it also affects temporal existence from government policy to the individual. Historically, man’s belief in the transcendent has served as a restraint on his conduct and provided hope for his...
  • Scientific fundamentalists

    06/26/2007 7:53:36 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 21 replies · 690+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/24/07 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    I participated in two debates this week, and between them learned a great deal about the nature of science and religion in our time. The first debate, on the subject of religion, was with Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist and atheist, in Toronto. The second, in New York, was with a leading Jewish-Christian missionary on whether Jesus died for our sins. What startled me was how, in the religion debate, although my adversary and I challenged each other's most sacredly held beliefs, there was no offense taken on either side. Less so was there any acrimony directed toward me...
  • Do stop behaving as if you are God, Professor Dawkins

    05/21/2007 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Frumanchu · 28 replies · 736+ views
    The Mail On Sunday (via VirtueOnline) ^ | 5/18/07 | Alister McGrath
    Do stop behaving as if you are God, Professor Dawkins by Alister McGrathThe Daily Mail 5/18/2007 Original Article He is a 'psychotic delinquent', invented by mad, deluded people. And that's one of Dawkins's milder criticisms. Dawkins, Oxford University's Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, is on a crusade. His salvo of outrage and ridicule is meant to rid the world of its greatest evil: religion. "If this book works as I intend," he says, "religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down." But he admits such a result is unlikely. "Dyed-in-the-wool faith-heads" (that's people...
  • Heaven-sent for the non-believers

    05/18/2007 9:06:58 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 171 replies · 2,335+ views
    The Age.com ^ | 19/05/07
    ROOT OF ALL EVIL? THE God Delusion - based on Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion - is the best documentary I've ever seen. And, I imagine, will ever see. No jokes. No smart-arse cracks. No witty asides. Dawkins is a scientist and passionate atheist who has produced a stunning, thoroughly researched and expertly executed work that flatly denies the existence of God and illustrates what a destructive force religion is. Even in its mildest form. This provocative and entertaining ride will have some believers coming out the other end as atheists. And every Bible basher, Torah toter and Koran...
  • How dare you call me a fundamentalist

    05/14/2007 4:23:05 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 3 replies · 612+ views
    The Times Online ^ | May 12, 2007 | Richard Dawkins
    The hardback God Delusion was hailed as the surprise bestseller of 2006. While it was warmly received by most of the 1,000-plus individuals who volunteered personal reviews to Amazon, paid print reviewers gave less uniform approval. Cynics might invoke unimaginative literary editors: it has “God” in the title, so send it to a known faith-head. That would be too cynical, however. Several critics began with the ominous phrase, “I’m an atheist, BUT . . .” So here is my brief rebuttal to criticisms originating from this “belief in belief” school. Read the rest
  • Oxford atheist [Richard Dawkins] ridiculed by Anglican theologian during debate

    04/12/2007 1:27:09 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 82 replies · 2,992+ views
    virtueonline ^ | April 12, 2007 | ENI
    Crusading pro-evolution scientist Richard Dawkins has had his anti-religious claims ridiculed during an Oxford debate with a theologian who once was an atheist like the evolutionist, who is devout in his public denunciations of religion. "Having been an atheist, I discovered religion was in fact an enormously powerful, transformative power for good," said Alister McGrath, Oxford University's professor of Historical Theology. "The claim that the scientific explanation ends everything, ignores fundamental realities. There's a whole range of human experiences, often involving a longing for something beyond us which brings legitimacy to our core notions and philosophical ideas." The 54-year-old Anglican...
  • Richard Dawkins: On A Mission to Convert

    01/24/2007 5:32:15 AM PST · by Blogger · 24 replies · 506+ views
    http://www.albertmohler.com/blog.php ^ | January 23, 2007 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    The New York Review of Books is one of the nation's most important intellectual journals. Its essays and reviews tend to be long, thoughtful, and influential. Unlike many other book review journals, it attracts big-name writers and authors as reviewers. Many of these lean left -- some far left -- and the journal can be infuriating. Still, it is essential reading for understanding literary and intellectual culture in America. The January 11, 2007 issue of NYRB features, among other lead reviews, an extended essay on Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion. Much has already been written about the book, about...
  • Meeting Mozart (George Weigel)

    01/08/2007 8:47:16 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies · 693+ views
    Ethics and Public Policy Center ^ | 12/27/2006 | George Weigel
    Meeting MozartThe Bloomsbury critic, Lytton Strachey, was the father of the modern practice of biography-as-assassination. Writing amidst the cynicism caused by the First World War, Strachey's Eminent Victorians set the model for pathography by taking down four hitherto-beloved 19th century heroes: Florence Nightingale, Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, Thomas Arnold, and General Charles ("Chinese”") Gordon. Strachey's victims' posthumous reputations have fared rather better than his, in the decades since Eminent Victorians was published in 1921. Still, the Strachean instinct to dissect (and then deride) men and women widely regarded as admirable and noble continues to this day, as do Strachey's characteristic...
  • Without God, Gall Is Permitted

    01/05/2007 2:07:33 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 229 replies · 2,465+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 January 2007 | SAM SCHULMAN
    ....What is new about the new atheists? It's not their arguments. Spend as much time as you like with a pile of the recent anti-religion books, but you won't encounter a single point you didn't hear in your freshman dormitory. It's their tone that is novel. Belief, in their eyes, is not just misguided but contemptible, the product of provincial minds, the mark of people who need to be told how to think and how to vote -- both of which, the new atheists assure us, they do in lockstep with the pope and Jerry Falwell. For them, belief in...
  • Saddam should have been studied, not executed (An Atheist Moralizes for the LAT)

    01/04/2007 7:15:54 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 634+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4 January 2007 | Richard Dawkins Evolutionary Biologist
    THE OBVIOUS objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and between Iraqis in general and the American occupation forces. This was an opportunity to set a good example of civilized behavior in dealing with a barbarically uncivilized man. In any case, revenge is an ignoble motive. If President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are eventually put on trial for war crimes, I shall not be among those pressing for them to be hanged. But I want to add another and less obvious...
  • Debunking Dawkins: The God Delusion

    Debunking Dawkins: The God Delusion Chapter 1: A deeply religious non believer
  • As atheists assault religion, Catholic experts say faith, reason tie a must

    12/30/2006 5:38:03 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies · 620+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12.28.06 | Emily Stimpson
    There are many words that could be used to describe Richard Dawkins. Subtle is not one of them. "[The God of the Old Testament] is a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully," wrote the Oxford University evolutionist in his most recent best-seller, The God Delusion. In case that didn't make his thoughts on God clear enough, in recent months Dawkins also compared God to a small child's imaginary friend – a little purple man with a tinkling bell to be exact – and religious education to "brainwashing." The latter remark was uttered at a...
  • Deconstructing a deluded Dawkins (Review of "The God Delusion")

    11/28/2006 3:10:08 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 30 replies · 875+ views
    Answers in Genesis ^ | November 27, 2006 | Paul Taylor
    Have you ever wondered why an atheist believes what he/she does? Richard Dawkins wants you to know why he is an atheist. Dawkins, the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, is arguably the world’s best-known atheist. He is not just any old atheist, however; he is atheism’s great televangelist. This year, he has been on the road throughout the UK and the US, appearing on talk shows and news interviews. He had two hours of prime-time television on the UK’s Channel 4 network in January 2006. In these programs (entitled The Root of All Evil?),...
  • Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history

    11/20/2006 5:42:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 1,059+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 21, 2006 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In recent months, a spate of atheist books have argued that religion represents, as "End of Faith" author Sam Harris puts it, "the most potent source of human conflict, past and present." Columnist Robert Kuttner gives the familiar litany. "The Crusades slaughtered millions in the name of Jesus. The Inquisition brought the torture and murder of millions more. After Martin Luther, Christians did bloody battle with other Christians for another three centuries." In his bestseller "The God Delusion," Richard Dawkins contends that most of the world's recent conflicts - in the Middle East, in the Balkans, in Northern Ireland, in...
  • Dawkins: "Eugenics may not be bad"

    11/22/2006 10:13:41 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 21 replies · 1,222+ views
    Sunday Herald | November 19, 2006 | Richard Dawkins
    Link Only: "Eugenics may not be bad"
  • The God Delusion (Headsup: Richard Dawkins on BookTV/C-Span2 Nov 11/12)

    11/11/2006 10:29:18 AM PST · by VOA · 52 replies · 1,690+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 11-11-06 | BookTV staff
    Here is a "headsup"; set video recorder as needed): The God DelusionRichard Dawkins On Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 pm (EASTERN) and Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 pm (EASTERN) (Note: Program start times are approximate and all times are Eastern.) Description: From Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Richard Dawkins argues that there is no rational or moral reason to believe in God or any other supernatural higher power. He says that because atheists are discriminated against in the United States they tend not to be vocal about their views, even though collectively they could be an influential political and...
  • Richard Dawkins Writes About Human Responsibility In Light of Darwinian Evolution

    10/20/2006 8:52:20 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 255 replies · 4,141+ views
    Let's all stop beating Basil's car Ask people why they support the death penalty or prolonged incarceration for serious crimes, and the reasons they give will usually involve retribution. There may be passing mention of deterrence or rehabilitation, but the surrounding rhetoric gives the game away. People want to kill a criminal as payback for the horrible things he did. Or they want to give "satisfaction' to the victims of the crime or their relatives. An especially warped and disgusting application of the flawed concept of retribution is Christian crucifixion as "atonement' for "sin'. Retribution as a moral principle is...
  • Bad Religion (New book by atheist Dawkins goes on the attack against Christians, religion)

    10/18/2006 9:33:18 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 19 replies · 453+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | October 18, 2006 | P.Z. Myers
    Science writers like Gould, Goodenough, Sagan, or Dawkins often aspire to communicate the wonder they feel at the beauty, complexity, and diversity of nature. It's a natural consequence of a career in science—perhaps even a prerequisite for one—to marvel at stars in the sky or strange creatures of the deep, or even the miracle of our own flesh. Great science writing tries to transmit that same sense of amazement to the reader. In return, all too often these writers are paid the backhanded compliment that they, who do not believe in spirits, are "spiritual;" that the joy they take in...
  • The ayatollah of atheism and Darwin’s altars

    05/27/2006 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 282 replies · 3,695+ views
    Catholic Educators Resource Center ^ | 5/27/08 | PAUL JOHNSON
    How long will Darwin continue to repose on his high but perilous pedestal? I am beginning to wonder. Few people doubt the principles of evolution. The question at issue is: are all evolutionary advances achieved exclusively by the process of natural selection? That is the position of the Darwinian fundamentalists, and they cling to their absolutist position with all the unyielding certitude with which Southern Baptists assert the literal truth of the Book of Genesis, or Wahabi Muslims proclaim the need for a universal jihad against ‘the Great Satan’. At a revivalist meeting of Darwinians two or three years ago,...
  • Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins

    03/28/2006 9:59:57 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 60 replies · 1,128+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 03/27/2006 | Madeleine Bunting
    Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins Anti-religious Darwinists promulgate a false dichotomy between faith and science that gives succour to creationists Madeleine Bunting Monday March 27, 2006 On Wednesday evening, at a debate in Oxford, Richard Dawkins will be gathering the plaudits for his long and productive intellectual career. It is the 30th anniversary of his hugely influential book The Selfish Gene. A festschrift, How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think, has been published this month, with contributions from stars such as Philip Pullman. A week ago it was the turn of the US philosopher...
  • The Big Story

    03/18/2006 6:24:23 AM PST · by jonno · 61 replies · 715+ views
    RZIM ^ | 03/16/06 | Joe Boot
    In modern society it is often considered arrogant and intolerant to suggest that any individual or group knows the truth about the world. Yet as we see from moment to moment in life all around us, truth is inescapable. To reject any worldview is simply to counter it with your own, whatever that may be, or however undeveloped in your own mind. The question is simply, which account of the universe is true? The atheistic evolutionist's and humanist's big story about the human condition is summarized by Oxford zoologist and atheist Richard Dawkins: If the universe were just electrons and...
  • Dawkins is wrong about God

    01/13/2006 10:06:18 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 64 replies · 1,415+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 01/12/2006 | Roger Scruton
    Dawkins is wrong about God Roger Scruton Faced with the spectacle of the cruelties perpetrated in the name of faith, Voltaire famously cried ‘Ecrasez l’infâme!’ Scores of enlightened thinkers have followed him, declaring organised religion to be the enemy of mankind, the force that divides the believer from the infidel and thereby both excites and authorises murder. Richard Dawkins, whose TV series The Root of all Evil? concludes next Monday, is the most influential living example of this tradition. And he has embellished it with a striking theory of his own — the theory of the religious ‘meme’. A meme...
  • Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse'

    01/07/2006 10:26:53 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 281 replies · 4,767+ views
    Scientist compares Moses to Hitler, calls New Testament 'sado-masochistic doctrine'Controversial scientist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins, dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler," calls religion a "virus" and faith-based education "child abuse" in a two-part series he wrote and appears in that begins airing on the UK's Channel 4, beginning tomorrow evening. Entitled "Root of All Evil?," the series features the atheist Dawkins visiting Lourdes, France, Colorado Springs, Colo., the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and a British religious school, using each of the venues to argue religion subverts reason. In "The God Delusion," the first film in the series, Dawkins targets Catholicism at the pilgrimage...
  • Who Designed the Designer?

    01/08/2006 3:02:31 PM PST · by tpeters · 643 replies · 6,636+ views
    Science and Theology News ^ | 2006 | Richard Dawkins
    ID’s big problem: Who designed the designer? Design is not a real alternative to chance because it raises an even bigger problem — who designed the designer? By Richard Dawkins (December 27, 2005) The logic of creationist arguments is always the same: some natural phenomenon is too specifically improbable, too complex, too beautiful, too awe-inspiring to come into existence by chance. Design is the only alternative to chance that the author can image. Therefore, a designer must have done it. The scientific answer is also always the same: Design is not the only alternative to chance; natural selection is the...