Time will tell where Dawkins sits on the bell curve of open-mindedness concerning group selection in general and religion in particular. At the moment, he is just another angry atheist, trading on his reputation as an evolutionist and spokesperson for science to vent his personal opinions about religion.
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Time will tell many secrets, but its banal force shouldn't be relied upon by a reviewer with any spunk.
So, why is Dawkins angry? Many atheists reportedly are at the moment. Time tells me -we have a good relationship, me and Chronos - that if atheists were placid, they wouldn't be in the newspapers, or featured on tv. In fact, the village atheist is a figure I've sorta missed in our culture lately. We've always had one, from Paine to Mencken, but the blanding of American culture sorta overlaid atheism with an ecumenical, unitarian cast that, I am happy to see, is being chipped.
Posted by: roger at Jul 21, 2007 7:58:48 AM
However, if Dawkins is the new Mencken - Heaven help us.
Posted by: Paul Craddick at Jul 22, 2007 10:40:38 AM
Paul, hope you read the article by Orr in this week's New York Review of Books, pertinent to your current Dawkins' obsession.
Posted by: roger at Jul 26, 2007 8:44:40 AM
Roger, excellent recommendation.
"One reason for the lack of extended argument in The God Delusion is clear: Dawkins doesn't seem very good at it. Indeed he suffers from several problems when attempting to reason philosophically. The most obvious is that he has a preordained set of conclusions at which he's determined to arrive. Consequently, Dawkins uses any argument, however feeble, that seems to get him there and the merit of various arguments appears judged largely by where they lead."
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