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Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist - Guest Voices - The Washington Post
Paula Kirby on the recent "Dawkins admits he's an agnostic!" stories following his debate with Cuddly Rowan Bear. "Religious commentators have become so excited at the thought of his conversion that I almost don’t have the heart to break it to them that he said nothing in Thursday’s discussion that he hadn’t already said six years ago in "The God Delusion""
the  god  delusion  religion  agnosticism  paula-kirby  richard-dawkins  dawkins  atheism 
march 2012 by pw201
What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life? | World news | The Observer
An exchange between Dawkins and Will Hutton. D: "That doesn't mean religious people shouldn't advocate their religion. So long as they are not granted privileged power to do so (which at present they are) of course they should. And the rest of us should be free to argue against them. But of all arguments out there, arguments against religion are almost uniquely branded "intolerant". When you put a cogent and trenchant argument against the government's economic policy, nobody would call you "intolerant" of the Tories. But when an atheist does the same against a religion, that's intolerance. Why the double standard? Do you really want to privilege religious ideas by granting them unique immunity against reasoned argument?"
uk  secularism  politics  religion  dawkins  richard-dawkins  will-hutton 
february 2012 by pw201
The Sins of the Fathers - Richard Dawkins - -
Dawkins sez: "Yesterday evening I was telephoned by a reporter who announced himself as Adam Lusher from the Sunday Telegraph. At the end of a week of successfully rattling cages, I was ready for yet another smear or diversionary tactic of some kind, but in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined the surreal form this one was to take. I obviously can’t repeat what was said word-for-word (my poor recall of long strings of words has this week been highly advertised), and I may get the order of the points wrong, but this is approximately how the conversation went." Lusher says Dawkins's ancestors owned slaves and wonders whether D will make reparations. Bizarre and desperate.
adam-lusher  slavery  dawkins  richard-dawkins  journalism  newspapers  telegraph 
february 2012 by pw201
Atheists face Muslim-led censorship from UCL Union
The atheist society at UCL posted a Jesus and Mo cartoon as the image accompanying their Facebook event. One Muslim objected as the cartoon depicts Mohammed (what the Muslim was doing looking at the Facebook page for an atheist event isn't clear). The UCL student union got a complaint from someone and asked them to take it down. They refused. The story got picked up by atheist blogs and Dawkins Our Leader and hence the newspapers. The union backed down though there's still the vague threat in the air that the atheist soc might be guilty of bullying or harassment.

Hopefully the media attention has put the fear of God into the Union and they won't be so silly in future. Muslims do not have the right not to be offended.
richard-dawkins  dawkins  ucl  university  censorship  religion  islam 
january 2012 by pw201
Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children's minds with 'alien rubbish' - Telegraph
"He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most." That seems reasonable: the C of E schools are mostly harmless, as far as I can tell: they accept evolution and don't examine the consequences for Christian doctrine too carefully.
evolution  religon  islam  richard-dawkins  dawkins  education  schools 
october 2011 by pw201
God, Science and Philanthropy | The Nation
An interesting article on the history of the Templeton Foundation, the controversial foundation which provides grants to scientists interested in "the Big Questions".
templeton  dawkins  richard-dawkins  science  religion  intelligent-design 
june 2010 by pw201
Why the New Atheists Failed, and How to Defeat All Religious Arguments in One Easy Step
A neat summary of Luke's problem with Dawkins, and what he thinks is a better argument against theistic explanations. Youtube video with a transcript (hurrah).
richard-dawkins  dawkins  atheism  religion  philosophy  explanation 
may 2010 by pw201
Arresting comedy « Open Parachute
Graham Lineham (Father Ted, Black Books) on what would happen if Dawkins and Hitchens actually arrested the Pope.
pope  dawkins  hitchens  funny  arrest  graham-lineham  richard-dawkins  christopher-hitchens 
april 2010 by pw201
'Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI' by Marc Horne - TimesOnline -
Dawkins Our Leader: "Needless to say, I did NOT say "I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI" or anything so personally grandiloquent. You have to remember that The Sunday Times is a Murdoch newspaper, and that all newspapers follow the odd custom of entrusting headlines to a sub-editor, not the author of the article itself. What I DID say to Marc Horne when he telephoned me out of the blue, and I repeat it here, is that I am whole-heartedly behind the initiative by Geoffrey Robertson and Mark Stephens to mount a legal challenge to the Pope's proposed visit to Britain."
richard-dawkins  pope  catholic  abuse  children  ratzinger  law  uk  politics  dawkins 
april 2010 by pw201
Heresy Corner: A Reading from the Book of Dawk
This is hilarious: "And some of the disciples said, O Dawk, our anger is not mixed against thee, but against thy servant Josh, who hath offended us. But others said, Hath not the Dawk deserted us? Come, let us depart the land of Dawk and hearken unto some other prophet, for the Dawk loveth not his people."
richard-dawkins  drama  internet  forum  atheism  funny  parody  dawkins 
march 2010 by pw201
'An Apology' by Richard Dawkins -
Dawkins apologises for the forum drama: "I would like to start by apologising for our handling of this situation. We have not communicated well with our forum volunteers and users (for example in my insensitive 'Outrage' post, which was written in the heat of the moment). In the process we have caused unintended hurt and offence, and I am very sorry about that. In a classic case of a vicious circle, some of the responses to our announcement also caused considerable hurt and distress to us, and in the atmosphere of heightened emotion that followed, some of our subsequent actions went too far. I hope you will understand the human impulses that led to this, and accept my apology for them. I take full personal responsibility."
drama  internet  dawkins  richard-dawkins  atheism 
march 2010 by pw201
The Richard Dawkins Foundation net forum (RDF) self-destructs -- yet another big atheist board immolates itself
The Dawkins site maintainer decided to re-do their forums. The existing (volunteer) moderators were annoyed that all old comments would be lost and that their positions as mods been done away with without a word of thanks. Maintainer responded to criticism (and to attempts to organise a move to another site) by wielding the banhammer all over the place. Dawkins responds with a post exhibiting no clue about the politics of web forums and what the existing forum users were upset about. Therefore God exists.

This will, I suspect, run and run: the Graun and the Times have already picked up on it with some glee.

Remember: if you post something you think is worthwhile to a forum, keep your own copy.
lolatheists  dawkins  richard-dawkins  internet  drama  atheism  forum 
february 2010 by pw201
The silliest smear: "fundamentalist atheist"
The Economist has spotted that calling Dawkins a fundamentalist is a bit silly.
atheism  religion  dawkins  fundamentalism  economist 
july 2009 by pw201
Tragic hero: Laurie Taylor interviews Terry Eagleton | New Humanist
"Listen. If Dawkins has emancipated people, freed them from the religious closet as it were, then all credit to him. Loath as I might be to compare Dawkins to Jesus Christ, in this he resembles the heroic figure in the New Testament who comes to sweep away all the fetishism and sickness and cynicism of the neurotic religionists."
religion  atheism  eagleton  philosophy  christianity  humanism  marxism  catholic  dawkins  terry-eagleton  richard-dawkins 
july 2009 by pw201
Liberalism and tolerance and Terry Eagleton
What are the limits of liberal tolerance? "Liberalism isn't an agreement that we all shut up and say nothing nasty about each other; it is not an agreement that we cease to regard our own respective worldviews as superior to others on offer; it is merely an agreement that we stop trying to get our hands on the levers of state power for the purpose of imposing our worldviews by coercion."
dawkins  eagleton  liberalism  russell-blackford  terry-eagleton  richard-dawkins  politics  islam  religion  tolerance 
may 2009 by pw201
Northern Bright responds to a Christian by saying she used to be one too
Impressive stuff, I think. Found while rooting around old posts on my LJ, since it's on the Steve Midgley posting on the Dawkins site.
religion  northern-bright  christianity  ex-christian  exchristian  steve-midgley  dawkins  evolution 
august 2008 by pw201
The Horror...The...uh...horror..?
The Atheist Apocalypse: featuring everyone's favourite four Horsemen.
apocalypse  atheism  funny  religion  comics  dawkins  dennett  hitchens  harris 
march 2008 by pw201
Eurozine - Holy Communion - Richard Norman
New wave atheism is aggressively antagonistic to religion. But, argues Richard Norman, it's more fruitful to find common ground.
religion  atheism  dawkins  hitchens  humanism 
november 2007 by pw201
Archbishop of Canterbury on Dawkins
"How to Misunderstand Religion", a lecture given at Swansea University. Interesting, but I think mostly it's the "not my God" thing already tried by Eagleton and others.
archbishop  atheism  Dawkins  lectures  religion  theology  rowan-williams  canterbury 
november 2007 by pw201
'Are the 'New Atheists' avoiding the 'real arguments'?' by Edmund Standing, -
"The basic claim from Williams and others is that these atheist writers simply haven't taken the time to properly study what it is they are writing against, and they should study some theology and address the 'real arguments'. Given the fact that I have s
atheism  religion  rowan-williams  archbishop  theology  dawkins  hitchens 
october 2007 by pw201
In God we doubt -Times Online
Humphrys rambles a bit and says that atheists are mean, but occasionally makes some interesting points.
agnosticism  atheism  christianity  Dawkins  religion  theism  times  john-humphrys 
september 2007 by pw201
Comment on how facts aren't persuasive in religious debate
On the Dawkins blog, Northern Bright posts an interesting comment on why reasoned argument isn't the be-all and end-all for a lot of people.
religion  reason  atheism  dawkins  northern-bright 
september 2007 by pw201
Rational Atheism: Scientific American
"Whenever religious beliefs conflict with scientific facts or violate principles of political liberty, we must respond with appropriate aplomb. Nevertheless, we should be cautious about irrational exuberance. I suggest that we raise our consciousness one
atheism  dawkins  harris  hitchens  dennett  religion  science 
september 2007 by pw201
Skeptical Investigations - Controversies - Debates - Beyond Demonic Memes
Interesting counterpoint to Dawkins's "selfish gene" ideas, which also talks about the evolutionary study of religion.
dawkins  selfish-gene  genetics  david-sloan-wilson  evolution  religion 
august 2007 by pw201
Richard Dawkins and Alister McGrath
Footage of Dawkins and McGrath, taken for "The Root of All Evil" and then cut.
atheism  Dawkins  evolution  mcgrath  root-of-all-evil  christianity  religion 
july 2007 by pw201
Q&A after Richard Dawkins' reading of the new preface to The God Delusion
Some interesting bits where he talks about what he meant by religion as child abuse.
dawkins  religion  atheism  evolution  tgd  the-god-delusion 
june 2007 by pw201
Nick Pollard talks to Dr. Richard Dawkins
Dawkins on evolution, God and morality, with the author of "Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult".
dawkins  religion  christianity  morality  evolution 
june 2007 by pw201
How dare you call me a fundamentalist-Richard Dawkins
Dawkins responds to some of the more common objections to his book and to his style of argument.
atheism  Dawkins  religion  Fundamentalism  times 
may 2007 by pw201
the god delusion: a source criticism
Dawkins Documentary Hypothesis. Fun.
funny  dawkins  source 
may 2007 by pw201
Dawkins and Ruth Gledhill
Dawkins has an interesting chat with Times religion correspondant. A bit less confrontational than some of his interviews.
dawkins  gledhill  religion  atheism  transcendence 
may 2007 by pw201 - The Official Richard Dawkins Website
Good responses to the allegations that Dawkins and chums are fundamentalists. Also addresses the "Stalin was an atheist" canard.
atheism  dawkins  fundamentalism  stalin 
may 2007 by pw201
Taking Sides in the Recent Religion Debates
Many of these criticisms seem to me to fall roughly into three broad categories, each of which I'd like to examine a little more below:

1. These views of religion themselves exhibit a sort of fervid faith (in rationality, in science, etc.).
2. T
atheism  religion  dawkins  harris  dennett  rationality  eagleton  orr 
april 2007 by pw201
Are we better off without religion?-Audio / Video-Podcasts-TimesOnline
Speaking for the motion, "We'd be better off without religion", at a debate held in Westminster on March 27; Professor Richard Dawkins, Professor A.C. Grayling and Christopher Hitchens. Speaking against: Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Professor Roger Scruton and
audio  religion  atheism  dawkins  grayling  hitchens  neuberger  scruton  spivey  bakewell  debate 
march 2007 by pw201
Richard Dawkins vs Alister McGrath
Does religious belief damage the health of a society, or is it necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society? Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion in discussion with Professor Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical T
atheism  audio  Dawkins  McGrath  science  religion 
march 2007 by pw201
Evolution and Religion - Darwin’s God - Robin Marantz Henig - New York Times
Interviews with various people who talk about the possible evolutionary origins of religion.
atran  dawkins  religion  evolution 
march 2007 by pw201
Plantinga on Dawkins - IIDB
The Internet infidels talk about Plantinga's review of Dawkins. Some good points.
dawkins  plantinga  atheism  religion  philosophy 
march 2007 by pw201
Plantinga on Dawkins
Alvin Plantinga writes about The God Delusion
TGD  dawkins  plantinga  atheism  religion  philosophy 
march 2007 by pw201
A deadly certitude - TLS Highlights - Times Online
Stephen Weinberg reviews The God Delusion. He sees Islam as less tolerant than Christianity.
atheism  books  Dawkins  creationism  evolution  science  Islam  Christianity  weinberg 
january 2007 by pw201
Science, Religion, Reason and Survival
Some cogent objections to Dawkins and Harris from Scott Atran.
religion  science  atran  harris  dawkins  anthropology 
december 2006 by pw201
The Reality Club: BEYOND BELIEF
Discussion of that conference where the scientists decided to stand up to the religious.
religion  science  dawkins 
december 2006 by pw201 - The Official Richard Dawkins Website
Video of Dawkins' Q&A session in Virginia, which attracted lots of Christians from the neighbouring "Liberty University".
dawkins  video  virginia  lynchburg  q&a  liberty  creationism 
november 2006 by pw201
Wilkins on Dawkins
People who are pretty sure God doesn't exist should be allowed to call themselves atheists.
atheism  dawkins  agnosticism 
november 2006 by pw201
The God Conundrum | Cosmic Variance
Another interesting response to Terry Eagleton's review of "The God Delusion".
Dawkins  physics  religion  Eagleton  Atheism 
november 2006 by pw201
Ship of Fools: Features
Ship of Fools reviews Dawkins' "The God Delusion". Likes him slagging the fundies, doesn't like over-generalising that all religion is evil.
religion  dawkins  ship-of-fools  review 
october 2006 by pw201

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