Richard Dawkins — Evangelical atheist

The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins

I think I have figured out what it is about Dawkins that bugs me. He has the same black or white world view that my mother does just on the opposite side. The whole “If you’re not with us your against us” construct is just so . . . cultish.

Long live laissez faire tolerance. I expect the religous and irreligous alike to allow others to believe as they will without insult. I understand that the religious often insult atheists, but the cure for that is not an escalation of the conflict by being jerks in return, I would argue that the correct course would be to argue for a tolerant and inclusive attitude from all, not to respond in a similarly divisive and petty way.

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2 responses to “Richard Dawkins — Evangelical atheist

  1. “I would argue that the correct course would be to argue for a tolerant and inclusive attitude from all, not to respond in a similarly divisive and petty way.”

    I agree; I’m 1/3 of the way through his book at the moment, and he seems to be aware of the problems associated with being so strident about religion. IMHO the fact that he persists despite this, and risks putting people off, says something about the seriousness with which he views the current rise in religious fundamentalism in the world. Atheism, in its basic form is laissez-faire, but that’s not enough if basic freedoms are under threat. The USA, despite the Bill of Rights, is sailing awfully close to enshrining Christianity as the federal religion. 8(

  2. Wow – a weird moment. I thought Brian T. was, well our Brian.

    I’m reading his book myself. One of the main reasons I have for disliking the strident approach is that it makes “us turn into them”. Christian intolerance that started my freethinking ways. I don’t want to go down the same road again. It was wrong then, it is wrong now.

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