Revisited: An Appetite for Wonder Review: The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins | New Republic

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Atheism, New Atheists, Science

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion

… Unlike most of those who debated then, Dawkins knows practically nothing of the philosophy of science, still less about theology or the history of religion. From his point of view, he has no need to know. He can deduce everything he wants to say from first principles. Religion is a type of supernatural belief, which is irrational, and we will all be better off without it: for all its paraphernalia of evolution and memes, this is the sum total of Dawkins’s argument for atheism. His attack on religion has a crudity that would make a militant Victorian unbeliever such as T.H. Huxley—described by his contemporaries as “Darwin’s bulldog” because he was so fierce in his defense of evolution—blush scarlet with embarrassment…

Source: An Appetite for Wonder Review: The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins | New Republic

Jerry Coyne’s response : Richard Dawkins doesn’t deserve fellow atheist’s smears

Center for Inquiry – John Gray’s embarrassingly awful review of Dawkin’s an appetite for wonder

  1. I think its arrogant to have a definite answer to the “is there a god?” question. I have a clear opinion, hope, and belief, but unless one knows everything, entirely, about the universe and beyond they cant give a definite on the question of a god. That goes for both theists and atheists.

    • I agree. It’s also hypocritical to slam the religious for proselytizing while proselytizing for atheism at the same time. The object, I thought, is not to convert but to enlighten, not to sell certainly but to reveal uncertainty. It’s what we don’t know that keeps us all humble, or should. You can fabricate order out of chaos but the chaos remains the same. You can try to give purpose to an indifferent universe but the universe remains indifferent.

      Anyway, thanks for your interest in the discussion.

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