What do you think of Richard Dawkins?
Dawkins has become the fearless leader (so to speak) of atheists by forcefully attacking religion in all forms. Some atheists love him, some don't, some ambivalent. Believers are certainly not keen on him, as he can be rude and brow-beating towards them. What do you think of him? His views? His approach? Does he go too far? Is he a hypocrite, leading an atheistic cult? Is he a hero and champion of rationality? Answer as you like.
He was the first person I ever heard say that if an alternative medicine has been proven to work, it is no longer alternative medicine, it is just medicine.
I've had the honor of hearing Mr. Dawkins speak in person...and deal with religious people who consider him 'the devil'.
No question about it...Dawkins is confrontational. He's rude. He's in your face. He doesn't apologize. Neither does Ann Coulter (yet another person I've seen speak). But you know what? At least Dawkins will allow a person who disagrees with him to present their views BEFORE attacking them. There is a mind behind his viewpoint....not the mindless screaming mean-mad emotionalism that is Ms. Coulter...and she's not above THREATENING people who disagree with her with violence, unlike Dawkins.
I have seen Mr. Dawkins stumped on a few occasions when debating with professional philosophers, people capable of presenting valid arguments to his rationalism. Most of the religious who attempt a serious dialogue with Dawkins fall down flat as Dawkins rips the floor out from under them...because they can't defend the concept of 'faith'. To quote Richard:
“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
And I'd have to say, in this statement I feel he's justified.
Mr. Dawkins has an ego...and his books clearly declare it. He's proud. Vain. Smug. And the people he puts on the defensive clearly can't defend their arguments against the framework he creates...and no wonder, since it's based on rational thought.
He's not a hero, in my eyes. He does verge on cult-like status among the atheists of the nation, just because he dared say what so many have thought for years. But he is a well educated, intelligent, well-spoken man with a gift for expression that transcends into the real world outside academia. And for that, he is recognized as a person of substance...unlike many in the religious realm.
He's a great scientist and someone who is trying his hardest to spread the meme of rationality.
Humanity will look back on him and his ilk in a few hundred years and wish they had paid him more heed.
I don't idolize anybody, but I certainly respect him and what he is trying to do. He's a beacon of rationality and reason in an ocean of illogic and ''faith.''
I just posted a hub giving my opinion of Dawkins after reading his book "The God Delusion".
Dawkins is not leading an atheist cult by any means. Their is certainly no hypocrisy in educating people and teaching that their isn't a God. To call it as such is similar to saying that any non religious group of like minded thinkers is a cult (one may find examples to back up a cult-status of nonreligious people, but lets not go there) He is an asset to not simply A-theism, but Anti-theism. Religious nations are pitted against one another and trying their best to fulfill the prophecies of revelation, and he is simply telling people "Wake up, there's no need to act ridiculous based on something that their is no proof even exists!"
I liked him in the show Hogan's Heroes. He did a good job hosting Family Feud too.
I am an old man now, a British national living in Germany.
I first became an atheist at the age of 17. I had been an atheist for 44 years before I ever heard the name "Richard Dawkins", and I had read many writers on the subject, some of whom I can still name (Lucretius, Diderot, D'Holbach (definitely worth reading), Bertrand Russell) and many whose names I have now forgotten.
In 2010 I read "The God Delusion" - a good book, well-written and with a lot of interesting material. And that is where my interest in Richard Dawkins ends.
It may be that I dislike the cult of personality. It may be that Americans tend to be much more confrontational when debating issues (on YouTube there is a video debate featuring Lawrence Krauss that the poster commends for its loudness - ugh!).
The word "issues" though is important. Maybe we spend too much time watching politics where style is seemingly more important than substance. It shouldn't be, whether politics or atheism or even buying milk is involved. What we should be examining are the facts, in a reasoned manner and without letting emotions affect the outcome of the argument.
Atheism, rationality etc. is not a cult and certainly should not become one. It doesn't need a leader or champion, it needs the continual presentation of ideas by many different individuals in a cool, rational, unemotional manner, so that the material and reasoning are clear, and not easily challenged. Displays of temper just distract from the argument - we lose the sense of what we are trying to achieve, and there is an inherent contradiction in trying to present reason in an unreasonable manner.
If I must select anyone to present a discourse on scepticism, I would much rather watch Neil deGrasse Tyson (who I believe is actually an agnostic) or Sam Harris (whom I have watched in action coolly and rationally dissecting Islam, and destroying the whole concept of Islam as a "religion of peace").
The idea though is to get to people to think and examine their beliefs - rationally! Not to get "in their faces" and simply generate a hostile response. Adopting a confrontational style is simply counterproductive.
by paarsurrey 8 years ago
Did Richard Dawkins direct Atheists to deride and ridicule religion?
by Julianna 6 years ago
If you are familiar with Richard Dawkins he now admits he cannot disprove that God does not exist. On a scale of 1 to 10, he states he is a 6. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … ostic.html Interesting not trying to sway anyone, but this is an interesting article. Your thoughts on this...
by Captain Redbeard 6 years ago
So alot of people have said to me that the athiest do not want to abolish religion and even have said it was a ludicrise thing to even say I thought I would find a clip of Dr. Richard Dawkins, whom I love listening to in debates, say that his mission is to kill religion. Now for some reason I...
by M. T. Dremer 5 years ago
Have you read the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins?Richard Dawkins is probably one of the more well known names when it comes to atheism and the dangers of religion. I've heard his name mentioned many times in religious debates and I'm curious how many people have read his book 'The God Delusion'....
by Person of Interest 6 years ago
Yep. "In a debate with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, atheism poster boy Richard Dawkins admitted there's a god. Well, a chance of one. A very small chance..."http://now.msn.com/living/0224-dawkins- … liams.aspx
by just_curious 7 years ago
A few atheists on this forum are in the habit of pushing the argument that religion causes war. Although the argument has a half a leg to stand on, I have never seen one admit that there are other causes of this unfortunate phenomenon. I took a quick search of the history of atheism...
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