Monday, August 4, 2008

Flew vs. Dawkins

Flew vs. Dawkins
August 4, 2008

A while back I wrote a couple of pieces about the so-called New Atheism. The New Atheism is simply the old atheism with an attitude.

One of the leading lights of the New Atheism is Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, who argues ad nauseum that belief in God is for little children and fools. Reasonable men (like Dawkins, of course) believe in neither god nor Santa Claus—nor for that matter the tooth fairy or the Easter bunny. People who actually use their minds (like him), educated people (like him), reasonable people (like him), embrace the obvious truth that god does not exist.

Ah, but what is a new atheist to do when another prominent atheist, who says his goal is to go wherever the argument leads him, gives up his atheism? This is the pickle that Dawkins finds himself in. Not only must he explain away Anthony Flew’s giving up the atheist faith, he must answer Flew’s charge that he (Dawkins) is nothing but a blow hard “secular bigot.” You can read all about it here.

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