Betty’s analysis is spot on.

Once upon a time, there were lots of people who believed in religion. They were all really stupid. Then along came a man called Dawkins, and everyone saw the light. The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. There is no god at all, and Dawkins is his prophet. And they all lived in hostility for ever after. Amen.


5 thoughts on “hallelujah

  1. Or with a more explicitly vanTillian flavour: the sense of deity is the ground upon which the unbeliever’s unbelief stands.

    (Although atheism is only just one kind of unbelief of course.)


  2. If it’s any consolation Dawkins irritates a lot of us humanists and atheists too. While we may have no religious beliefs ourselves, we don’t have a problem with other people having them. Earlier in his career, Dawkins wrote some really good, lucid books about biology, but lately he seems to have gotten carried away with the new popular atheist movement and its adoring fans. I’m not a big fan of the current atheist movement: it’s mostly irrelevant to my interests and doesn’t speak for my needs.


  3. I’ve posted my own response to Betty’s points here.

    While I don’t expect everyone to appreciate Dawkins – his tone doesn’t always appeal to me either – I feel that he is often misrepresented by his critics on nontrivial points.


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