Saturday, January 07, 2006

Richard Dawkins, Inconsistent Atheist

Hat tip to Uncommon Descent.
Professor Richard Dawkins, the world-renowned evolutionary biologist, whose atheism has earned him the nickname of 'Darwin’s Rottweiler', takes a personal journey through the world’s three great monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Dawkins thinks it is time for science to stop sitting on the fence. In the light of overwhelming scientific evidence that, he believes, shows a supreme being cannot exist, and in a world in which religious conflict and bigotry are increasingly centre stage, Dawkins argues that for the good of humanity, religion needs to be challenged and disproved. Never one to shy away from a debate, Dawkins meets leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions to find out how their beliefs fit with modern science's extraordinary knowledge of our world and the wider universe.

In The Root of All Evil Dawkins accuses the religious establishment of preying on people’s desire to believe in a greater being; abusing reason and humanity in the process. Ultimately he asks how they can defend what religion has done, and is doing to us?

Atheists using objective morality to attack the existance of God just won't work. If there is no God, everything is permissible. Their conclusion (there is no God) destroys there premises and assumptions (objective morality).

Perhaps you should consider engaging some of the serious efforts to defend absolute, objective morality independent of theism before you casually assert that the two aren't compatible.
Well if you can tell me how atoms bumping around randomly mean anything I would appreciate it.
I used to think that too. In the absence of a higher power, without any future judgement, what would motivate people to act morally and do the right thing? I still don't know, but I've met enough morally upstanding athiests to empirically accept there must be something.
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