January 11, 2006

Dawkins' Attack on Faith Escalates, Reprisal Follows

Richard Dawkins has been making headlines for years as one of the most visible critics of religious belief. Now he presents his views to the masses in the form of a UK television series. Since many viewers will be unfamiliar with his books in which he presents considerable evidence to support his views on religion, I wonder how they will react to his message in this forum.

Exactly what is his message about religion? Dawkins refers to religion as a "virus," faith-based education as "child abuse," and makes statements such as, "The God of the Old Testament has got to be the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous, and proud of it, petty, vindictive, unjust, unforgiving, racist."

The reprisal has been swift and not entirely undeserved. The Catholic church notes that Dawkins is going beyond his expertise by attacking religion. As a scientist, he should stick with natural phenomena and leave faith to theologians and philosophers. And then there is that scathing review in The Guardian.

What do you think? By participating in this TV series, is Dawkins helping or hurting the case for secular humanism?

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