Monday, August 11, 2008

Dawkins a 'secularist bigot'

Interesting spat between Professor Antony Flew and Professor Richard Dawkins. Flew, once known as "the world's most notorious atheist" before he became convinced of the existence of a "divine intelligence" in 2004 is reported as writing in a review:

"The fault of Dawkins as an academic was his scandalous and apparently deliberate refusal to present the doctrine which he appears to think he has refuted in its strongest form"

"An academic attacking some ideological position which he believes to be mistaken must of course attack that position in its strongest form. This Dawkins does not do in the case of Einstein and his failure is the crucial index of his insincerity of academic purpose and therefore warrants me in charging him with having become, what he has probably believed to be an impossibility, a secularist bigot."

"The whole enterprise of
The God Delusion was not, as it at least pretended to be, an attempt to discover and spread knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God but rather an attempt - an extremely successful one - to spread the author's own convictions in this area."

What is interesting is the utter nastiness of Dawkins' ad hominem response, which can be found in the report HERE.

So there you are, Dawkins a 'secularist bigot' and a nasty piece of work to boot.

Meanwhile in other news:
-Analysts note Pope Benedict has "Catholic tendencies"
-Forestry Commission reports on ursine lavatorial habits

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Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Forestry Commission reports on ursine lavatorial habits


9:25 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

How about calling him Squawkins?

2:59 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Well, he is rather screechy when on the subject of religion, so maybe I should.

12:52 AM  

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