May 02, 2005

Richard Dawkins: Religion is a Virus

There is really so much I could say about this interview with Evolutionist Richard Dawkins --- I think I need some time to digest it.
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages.
There a lot of Dawkin’s statements that just awe me with his religious attachment to Darwinism (apparently it’s his only option when he excludes God --- no matter what it’s problems.)

His notion throughout the article is that “scientists” would never cause something like 9/11 --- that they work out their arguments with solid “facts” and “reasoning” --- while those religious nuts cause all these problems in the world (and apparently aren’t reasoned.) Ironic --- not only because of his religious defense of evolution --- but also because his lack of awareness of science’s own evils. As if an empirical process drives those scientists moral standards --- as if left to its own science would create a utopia of man in peace with man through the great mediator of “science.”

For most, I thought that dream died nearly 100 years ago --- yet he still in spite of world wars, ruthless dictators, genocides, etc. holds on to the utopian myth. But, as all too often the case --- it all comes back to sin, and sex.

It’s all pretty much pegged in this portion.

How would we be better off without religion?
“We'd all be freed to concentrate on the only life we are ever going to have. We'd be free to exult in the privilege -- the remarkable good fortune -- that each one of us enjoys through having been being born. An astronomically overwhelming majority of the people who could be born never will be. You are one of the tiny minority whose number came up. Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one. The world would be a better place if we all had this positive attitude to life. It would also be a better place if morality was all about doing good to others and refraining from hurting them, rather than religion's morbid obsession with private sin and the evils of sexual enjoyment.”
Huh? That's a positive attitude of life??? Pretty depressing if you ask me, if you take into account the logical implications of what he's saying --- and the utter pointlessness.

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