Richard Dawkins and God

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Date: Nov. 10, 2006
From: The Chronicle of Higher Education(Vol. 53, Issue 12)
Publisher: Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,039 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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Imagine, Richard Dawkins suggests, a world with no religion: "Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/Palestinian wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as 'Christ-killers,' no Northern Ireland 'troubles,' no 'honor killings.'" In his new book, The God Delusion, the British biologist, perhaps the world's most famous atheist, makes a passionate case for the evil religions do and for why believing in God is irrational. A sampling of the responses to Dawkins's latest:

Thomas Nagel, New York University: Dawkins seems to believe that if people could be persuaded to give up the God Hypothesis on scientific grounds, the world would be a better place -- not just intellectually, but also morally and politically. He is horrified -- as who cannot be? -- by the dreadful things that continue to be done in the name of religion, and he argues that the sort of religious conviction that includes a built-in resistance to reason is the true motive behind many of them. But there is no connection between the fascinating philosophical and scientific questions posed by the argument from design and the attacks of September 11. Blind faith and the authority of dogma are dangerous; the view that we can make ultimate sense of the world only by understanding it as the expression of mind or purpose is not. It is unreasonable to think that one must refute the second in order to resist the first. (The New Republic)

Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester: Imagine someone holding...

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