Richard Dawkins stated that his new book The Greatest Show on Earth “is not intended as an antireligious book.” Well, considering that for him Darwinian evolution has always been about warding off God his intentionality came to naught as he simply could not help himself.
Considering that the book in expressed in atheistic evangelistic terms which run from “Evolutionary Theodicy” to the call to conversion to a “Grandeur View of Life” Dawkins has produced another anti-religious pro atheistic polemic.
Richard Dawkins, being a masterful biologist, zoologist and the recently retired Charles Symoni Professor for the Public Understanding of Atheism, seems just the right person for the job of critiquing a book on Creationism. He has indeed taken up the task. Richard Dawkins wrote an elucidating critique of Atlas of Creation by the Muslim creationist Harun Yahya which is entitled "Venomous Snakes, Slippery Eels and Harun Yahya."
Charles Darwin famously quipped about the sort of book that "a Devil's Chaplain might write." I wished to focus on his imagining what the Devil's Chaplain would write about the "low and horridly cruel works of nature."1 It seems to me that it indeed would only be a Devil's Chaplain who could write such a book (or conversely an Unfallen Angel's Chaplain).
1. From Charles Darwin's letter to Joseph D. Hooker - July 13, 1856
The science classroom is a place in which many people attempt to maintain a strict separation of church and science. However, we should be equally vigilant in ensuring that it is also a place in which there is strict enforcement of the separation of atheism and science.
Prof. Richard Dawkins presents the children with an outdated version of the tree of life. Some time ago this tree illustration was supposed to demonstrate how all organisms (represented in the tips of the branches) evolved from common ancestors (represented where the branch sprouts off of the trunk) and which are all traced to the first living organism.
Prof. Richard Dawkins shows the children paintings of various ape to man transitions walking through pretty flowers,
"Homo Habilis...Australopithecus. He is probably a direct ancestor of this one...Ramapithecus, that would be possibly an ancestor...not just of us, but also of all the great apes...[and] an early primate."
He continues by showing them paintings of other creatures,
This is part 1 of my review of Professor Richard Dawkins' "Royal Institution Christmas Lectures" aka "The Royal Institution Lectures for Children" Episode 1, "Waking up in the Universe" (transcript / video). When all parts have been posted I will provide a PDF format version of the entire essay.