Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dawkins' Delusion

Richard Dawkins - the admittedly curmudgeonly high-priest of Darwinism cum atheism - has recently published a best-selling book, The God Delusion, attempting to argue that the religious instinct - indeed, the instinct to belief itself, is merely an artifact of evolution that should be opposed and stamped out as part of our emerging self-guided evolutionary ascent. Having read the book, it utterly fails to mount anything approaching a compelling argument for such conclusions or pursuits.  As I posted earlier, the recent pro-athiest evangelism is filled with the typical vitriol against religion with surprisingly prescient (wink) selective amnesia to much of history - of both science and religion - and a smattering of the now-defunct logical positivism blended together to provide nothing new in the assault on religious belief.  In the November issue of Harper's, Marilynne Robinson offers a thoughtful and kind-hearted critique of Dawkins' book that is worth reading if you're going to read Dawkins' book.

1 comment:

Michael Patrick Leahy said...

For an intellectually honest critique of Sam Harris' new book, "Letter to a Christian Nation". you may want to buy my response, "Letter to an Atheist," which will be published by Harpeth River Press in February.

You can start with the 25 factual errors I document that Harris makes in his book !