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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 ^ | 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’ 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...

    07/13/2008 2:01:13 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 23 replies · 93+ views ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...