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The Curious Case of the Atheist Who Denied Dawkins Was Disputing Deity

The Curious Case of the Atheist Who Denied Dawkins Was Disputing Deity

Curious. He denies Dawkins was disputing the deity, in a book where Dawkins clearly was doing just that. The Arizona Atheist continues to maintain that Dawkins does not address God in The Blind Watchmaker: I’ve been reading Dawkins’ book the last week or so, double checking to ensure I wasn’t in error in thinking Dawkins does not address god [sic], and there is indeed nothing there. I responded to him by way of two comments on his website. Here I quote…

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The Arizona Atheist Critiques “True Reason” — My Reply

The Arizona Atheist Critiques “True Reason” — My Reply

Some time ago the Arizona Atheist critiqued my comments on Richard Dawkins in Chapter 1 of True Reason. I answered him, then he responded in turn, and now it’s my turn again. The point specifically in question is what I had to say about Richard Dawkins’ book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design. There is much in AA’s most recent response that puzzles me. For example, he says, In your chapter, you are…

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Richard Dawkins’ Hypocrisy

Richard Dawkins’ Hypocrisy

Richard Dawkins’ hypocrisy drags on: Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed that forcing a religion on children without questioning its merits is as bad as ‘child abuse’. In typically incendiary style, the leading atheist said he was against the ‘indoctrination of religion’ and teaching it as fact. [From Richard Dawkins: Forcing religion on your children is child abuse, claims atheist professor | Mail Online] He’s just wrong. Not “religiously” wrong (well, he is that, too) but scientifically wrong. Wrong according to…

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Violence, Religion, and Atheism, Part One

Violence, Religion, and Atheism, Part One

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from religion to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether. This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said, I think there is a logical path from religion to doing terrible things…. There's a logical path that says, if you really, really, really believe that…

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Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from faith to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether. This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said, I think there is a logical path from religion to doing terrible things…. There’s a logical path that says, if you really, really, really believe that…

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Ah, the Irony: Dawkins, Memes, and God

Ah, the Irony: Dawkins, Memes, and God

Book Review Preview Soon I’ll be posting a review of David H. Glass’s Atheism’s New Clothes: Exploring and Exposing the Claims of the New Atheists. When I read this on p. 181, though, I just had to post a preview. This one sentence captures the tone of the whole book (the topic is Richard Dawkins’s concept of memes). It is surely ironic that one of Dawkins’s most significant contributions to human thought is a concept that cannot be detected directly,…

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Amazing What Richard Dawkins Can Get Wrong

Amazing What Richard Dawkins Can Get Wrong

Pardon me for not going to the original source, but here at Uncommon Descent we have a portion of Richard Dawkins’ interview with Playboy. They asked him what he thought of Jesus. The answer he gave is simply astonishing. The evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky. The earliest books in the New Testament to be written were the Epistles, not the Gospels. It’s almost as though Saint Paul and others who wrote the Epistles weren’t that interested in whether Jesus…

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An Atheist’s Reading of True Reason

An Atheist’s Reading of True Reason

Mike D, the “A-Unicornist,” is reading True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism. I say, more power to him. We could all stand to spend time reading authors we disagree with. He’s taking it a chapter at a time and giving it a respectful reading, which I also appreciate. His first evaluative comment came in response to my introductory chapter to the book. I had spoken my disappointment over Richard Dawkins’s attempt in The Blind Watchmaker: Why the…

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Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Robert Wright complains in The Atlantic about Dawkins’s unreasonableness. Strangely, where Wright finds him most unreasonable I find Dawkins most reasonable. Dawkins wants to erase the distinction between private and public belief. I say bravo! Religious belief has been relegated to a private sphere as if it were not a matter of knowledge or of public interest. I am quite sure that much knowledge considered “religious,” which is set off in a corner just because it is “religious,” is actually…

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