What scares the new atheists. In 1929, the Thinker’s Library, a series established by the Rationalist Press Association to advance secular thinking and counter the influence of religion in Britain, published an English translation of the German biologist Ernst Haeckel’s 1899 book The Riddle of the Universe.
Celebrated as “the German Darwin”, Haeckel was one of the most influential public intellectuals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; The Riddle of the Universe sold half a million copies in Germany alone, and was translated into dozens of other languages. Hostile to Jewish and Christian traditions, Haeckel devised his own “religion of science” called Monism, which incorporated an anthropology that divided the human species into a hierarchy of racial groups. The Thinker’s Library also featured works by Julian Huxley, grandson of TH Huxley, the Victorian biologist who was known as “Darwin’s bulldog” for his fierce defence of evolutionary theory.
John Gray's Richard Hawkins Takedown Ignores "Appetite for Wonder" It’s not a good time to be Richard Dawkins, for he alone, like the scapegoat of Leviticus, must bear the brunt of everyone’s hatred of atheism.
(Sam Harris sometimes serves as a backup goat.) Even though Dawkins has never proclaimed himself as any kind of atheist “leader”—his eminence among nonbelievers is purely a byproduct of his books and talks—he is the poster child for atheism, and everyone who hates atheists, including some other atheists, comes down on him. I can't count all the poorly founded attacks on the man, but one has just appeared that takes the cake.
It’s okay to slam a book if the ideas are bad, or its thesis is insupportable. I’m thinking here of the best critical review of a science book I’ve ever seen: Peter Medawar’s crushing review of Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man, in which Medawar fatally demolishes de Chardin’s gaseous lucubrations. Nevertheless, John Gray uses this lean framework to attack Dawkins's character. 1. Gray writes: 2. 3. So what? 4. 5. An Appetite for Wonder Review: The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins. Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer, reviewed. Illustration by Eleanor Davis Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale.
Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to monsters in the sky. Then some clever folks used special weapons called “science” and “reason” to show that the monsters had never really existed in the first place. Some of these clever folks were killed for daring to say this, but they persevered, and now only really stupid people believe in the monsters. Spencer’s point, of course, is that this received wisdom is naive nonsense—it gets the history of science and the nature of religious belief wrong, setting up an opposition between reason and faith that the church fathers would have found rather puzzling. A formal definition of religion is notoriously difficult to formulate, but it must surely involve reference to a particular way of life, practices oriented toward a conception of how one should live.
Well, no one but Richard Dawkins. Godless in dixie. What you’ll find here are mostly my thoughts and ramblings about living as a skeptic in the Deep South.
If you’re not from around here, you probably wouldn’t believe how central religion is to life in the South. Sam Harris gets destroyed by Dr. William Lane Craig. Is Atheism Irrational? CODYsaurusREX comments on Can you please tell me why you became an atheist? Skeptic's Annotated Bible / Quran / Book of Mormon. A Year Without God: A Former Pastor's Journey Into Atheism. What difference does God make?
About a year ago a friend and Episcopal priest, told me her atheist friend asked her this question. She found it harder to answer than she expected. He had batted away her first few attempts and she was now running it by me. We didn't end up discussing it for very long but the question has stayed with me. Recently I decided I would find out, by living for a year without God. I was more or less raised in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. From that time until early 2013, I lived within the family of the church.
As it turns out, the day came when I really didn't fit within the church anymore. This was on top of my theological concerns. In March, I stood my ground on these issues and was asked to resign. So, I'm making it official and embarking on a new journey. Think Atheist. Church without God – by design. By Dan Merica, CNN Boston (CNN)-– It’s Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a rapt congregation listens to a chaplain preach about the importance of building a community.
A few dozen people sit quietly for the hourlong service. Music is played, announcements are made and scholars wax poetic about the importance of compassion and community. Outsiders could be forgiven for believing this service, with its homilies, its passing of the plate, its uplifting songs, belongs in a church. If so, it’s a church without one big player: God.
The Brights' Net - Home Page. Peter Rollins: Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens: The New Theists? Why I Raise My Children Without God. When my son was around 3 years old, he used to ask me a lot of questions about heaven.
Where is it? How do people walk without a body? How will I find you? You know the questions that kids ask. For over a year, I lied to him and made up stories that I didn’t believe about heaven. One day he would know this, and he would not trust my judgment. And so I thought it was only right to be honest with my children. United Coalition of Reason. Separation of Church and State Remember the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States?