[LINK] atheism

Brendan Scott brendansweb at optusnet.com.au
Fri Mar 2 13:32:39 AEDT 2007

Karl Auer wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-03-02 at 11:17 +1100, Stewart Fist wrote:
>> I think it is probably because he thinks fundamentalist religions are one of
>> the most destructive social forces on the planet.
> "Fundamentalist"? Dawkins makes no such qualification.
> Use of terms like "fundamentalist" and "cult" as qualifiers is one way
> we have all been trained to implicitly except the major established
> Western churches from such statements, when they deserve no such
> exception.
> Dawkins' argument is that faith is bad; that encouraging, praising and
> rewarding faith is anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-knowledge and
> anti-human.

I have not read the book.  However, if this is his thesis it is plainly false.  Everyone believes something - indeed I believe most of everyone's daily lives is dictated by one belief or another. 

There's plenty of philosophy of science type stuff to show that any science which has an interplay with the real world is always contingent.  

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