FYI: I just finished posting a series dealing with an ubiquitously promulgated well within the box atheist talking point de jour which is the claim—popularized by Richard Dawkins, his cult of personality hero worship adherents, et al.—that “God did it” is a science stopper.
Imagine being so shockingly ignorant of 1) the very foundations upon which science is premised and 2) the fact that most of the world’s most erudite scientists have been Jews and Christians and you get a taste of what it is like to be a New Atheist.
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.
John J. May was due to publish a book titled, “The Origin of Specious Nonsense.” I know not of him nor his book but the fracas surrounding him and his book may be of interest.
John Horgan wrote:
Early in his career, the philosopher Karl Popper…called evolution via natural selection "almost a tautology" and "not a testable scientific theory but a metaphysical research program."
Attacked for these criticisms, Popper took them back.
But when I interviewed him in 1992, he blurted out that he still found Darwin's theory dissatisfying. "One ought to look for alternatives!"
You have to love the feisty self-important nature of a young student’s zeal without knowledge. Yes, they get a mere taste of freedom, abscond my good ol' mommy’s apron strings and after one or two classes are quite prepared to give the world what f'r.
Eugenie Scott is a physical anthropologist and director of the National Center for Science Education, an anti-theism organization dedicated to promoting and defending the teaching of atheism in public schools.
As of late, I have been wondering: what ever happened to Alfred Russel Wallace? 2009 AD saw the celebration of Charles Darwin's 200 birthday with the impartation of various doxologies and even the Kyle Butt vs. Dan Barker debate. But what about good ol' Alfred Russel Wallace? Is it that he was born in 1823 AD (January 8th) and his 200th will not come up until 2023 AD? Was his 100th celebrated? Was his 150th celebrated? I do not seem to remember.
Daniel Dennett, professor of philosophy at Tufts University and author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon is part of a sect of atheists who believe that it is child abuse to raise one's children according to one's faith.
Do not ask me why but a lot of people are asking that question. Perhaps Richard Dawkins will have to repeat Mark Twain's quip upon learning that his obituary had been published, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." So, is Richard Dawkins still alive? Indeed, Richard Dawkins is alive and well. Well, well is a relative term; sure his militant activist atheist celebrity status has gained him quite a bit of notoriety or as John Cornwell put it,
Alfred Russell Wallace, co-conceiver with Charles Darwin of the theory of natural selection:
"'I fully accept Mr. Darwin's conclusion as to the essential identity of man's bodily structure with that of the higher mammalian, and his descent from some ancestral form common to man and the anthropoid apes,'1
1.Darwinism, published by Macmillan, London, 1889, p. 461
Professor Richard Dawkins' attempted explanations of altruism are no less than fascinating and his conclusion is well, all-false-ism. Firstly, he assures us that only now, conveniently within his lifetime and only amongst his own privileged class of scientific cenobites is the truth of the matter understood: To read/Or not to read