Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Richard Dawkins and God and terror

Atheist professor Richard Dawkins presented a programme about God on the UK's Channel 4, on 9 January 2006.

Dawkins is an expert on evolution. But he appears to know little about terror.

In his TV programme, Dawkins blamed the recent terrorism on people who believe in God.

The Emperor Constantine created a lot of terror. But he may not have been a genuine Christian. Constantine seemed to hijack the Christian church in order to use it to keep himself in power.

Mao and Stalin were atheists and were responsible for a very large chunk of the terror in the 20th century. Hitler may also have been an atheist.

What about 9 11? Dawkins seems naively to believe that 9 11 was the work of Moslem fundamentalists. He made no mention of Operation Northwoods, the Staybehind Network or the fact that Mohammed Atta and friends were trained at American bases linked to the American military and CIA.

9 11 and the recent terror is most likely to be the work of atheists within the security services of certain nations.

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In his TV programme, Dawkins met 'swaggering' American pastor Ted Haggard who regularly speaks to George Bush. Dawkins quite rightly referred to certain American 'religious' figures as fascists.

But Dawkins made no mention of the links between the CIA and certain American 'Christian' fundamentalist leaders. Much of American 'Christian' fundamentalism seems to be an exercise in CIA brainwashing.

Dawkins made no mention of the CIA's funding of Moslem fundamentalists.

Dawkins referred to Darwin. But what about Alfred Russel Wallace who came up with the idea of evolution at the same time as Darwin?

Wallace believed in spiritualism. He believed he had evidence of life after death. Wallace believed in natural selection but 'did not view his adoption of spiritualism as a retreat from natural selection; rather, he considered spiritualism the best available accounting of the overall direction of evolution at the moral/intellectual level, and endorsed it accordingly.'
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From Ektopos
Posted by: Matthew on Jan 09, 2006 -

Excerpt:

As GK Chesterton pointed out, the problem when people don't believe in God is not that they believe nothing, it is that they believe anything.There's an underlying anxiety that atheist humanism has failed. Over the 20th century, atheist political regimes racked up an appalling (and unmatched) record for violence.

Atheist humanism hasn't generated a compelling popular narrative and ethic of what it is to be human and our place in the cosmos; where religion has retreated, the gap has been filled with consumerism, football, Strictly Come Dancing and a mindless absorption in passing desires.

Not knowing how to answer the big questions of life, we shelve them - we certainly don't develop the awe towards and reverence for the natural world that Dawkins would want.

So the atheist humanists have been betrayed by the irrational, credulous nature of human beings; a misanthropy is increasingly evident in Dawkins's anti-religious polemic and among his many admirers.

This is the only context that can explain Dawkins's programme, a piece of intellectually lazy polemic which is not worthy of a great scientist.

He uses his authority as a scientist to claim certainty where he himself knows, all too well, that there is none; for example, our sense of morality cannot simply be explained as a product of our genetic struggle for evolutionary advantage.

More irritatingly, he doesn't apply to religion - the object of his repeated attacks - a fraction of the intellectual rigour or curiosity that he has applied to evolution (to deserved applause). Where is the grasp of the sociological or anthropological explanations of the centrality of religion? Sadly, there is no evolution of thought in Dawkins's position; he has been saying much the same thing about religion for a long time.

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