Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

Apr 15, 2008

iologist Richard Dawkins launches into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist.

Watch the video on the TEDTalks website here.

3 comments on “Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

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    Cairsley says:

    Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than
    good.

    It was a pleasure to watch this video again after some years. Although Professor Dawkins speaks with appropriate expression and passion, at no point did he shriek or screech or even just shout, so I remain mystified, as I have always been, by descriptions of him as strident. What he proposes in this talk is what he himself calls militant atheism, whereby he expressly urges atheists to discard the traditional respect for religion in favor of a more aggressive stance; but any shrieking, screeching and shouting that has ever been heard in public since has come from those who are appalled by such honest and unrepentant atheism. I think this is an example of what psychologists call transference.



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