Dawkins believes that people of faith live their whole lives like
this. Because there is no such thing as God –these people are by
definition deluded – they must really know the truth (atheism) -
but are suspending their disbelief in God. They are therefore living
I were an atheist I think I would be looking for another spokesperson
to profess my ideas. Professor Dawkins piece was very unconvincing.
Indeed at times I was a little embarrassed for one of the UK's top
scientists – who tried to back up his belief (yes atheism is a
belief) by talking to a believer who thinks it would be acceptable to
execute an adulterer, interview American creationist fundamentalists
(who believe the earth is about 5000 years old) and showing pictures
of the Catholic faithful at Lourdes – adding that this is the
beginning of the slippery slope to suicide bombs on the London tube!
Unfortunately the fact of the matter is that our good professor never tires of setting up straw men only to dismantle them with great relish. These repeated mischaracterizations of faith do the atheist camp no favours. All it does is betray a vitriolic personal agenda.
dislike American Christian fundamentalists for the same reason I
dislike Richard Dawkins. He is more interested in proselytizing
his militant atheism – rather than relying on the rational
arguments he claims to cherish.
to Dawkins religion is "anti-rational" – faith is "blind
trust" in the absence of evidence. This does not describe my
faith – or the faith of any serious believer .While rational
argument will not prove Gods existence – serious thinkers from
Aristotle and Kant to Descartes and Whitehead and Francis Collins (A
biologist who headed the genome project) - have demonstrated that
belief in God is very plausible. It is easy and disingenuous to say
the least – to put forward a caricature of faith – for it is not
real faith at all.