Tuesday, January 08, 2008

An Invitation

I sure hope this works. I need something fun to do over the next few days.

It seems Richard Dawkins is encouraging people to go trolling at Christian sites.

While I admire his scientific writing (his book The Selfish Gene is among the best popularizations of genetics, or indeed any scientific topic, ever printed; it ranks with Hawking's A Brief History of Time), he made up a religion, a defense of God, called it Christianity, equated that with every religious belief human beings have ever had anywhere at anytime, and said it was bunk. Now, he wants to destroy this phony thing he calls "religion". If I did the same thing to evolution and genetics and chemistry and geology, I would a fruit cake. Dawkins actually has people heralding him as a heroic proponent of free thought. Well, he is free to have his thoughts, obviously. But to pretend for one second that he has somehow captured the essence of Christianity (to quote the title of a 19th century book that failed as spectacularly as Dawkins' in doing something similar) is a bit like me discussing phrenology, then saying that because it is bunk, science is bunk.

Don't even get me started on Sam Harris, defender of the torture of Muslims because they are Muslims. For him to even pretend to speak about ethics and morality is a bit like Bull Connor talking about his support of integration. He's a hack, and not even a very good one.

Bring 'em on.

UPDATE: As Alan said, looks like they went for the low-hanging fruit.

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