Richard Dawkins a god among atheists

Nov 17, 2016

By Pat Johnson

On Sunday night, I nabbed a couple of the last seats at the Chan Centre to hear in person two of the rock stars of the so-called New Atheist movement. It was a birthday gift, actually, for my nephew, who is an atheist of evangelical fervour.

The event featured Richard Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist, best-selling author and apparently a veritable God among atheists. Dawkins was on stage with Matt Dillahunty, a Texan who was raised Southern Baptist and was headed for a life in the pulpit until his conversion to atheism.

There was an air of self-righteousness at times, which is understandable among people who know The Truth. The two men spoke of their frequent interactions with religious people and Dawkins recalled one particular debate in which he and a theist were asked what could change their respective minds.

“Evidence,” Dawkins replied.

“Nothing,” replied the religious man.


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6 comments on “Richard Dawkins a god among atheists

  • Good article but I’m not a big fan of the title. While Dawkins is a brilliant man whom many atheists respect, he is typically misconstrued as the Atheist’s version of a God.



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  • Ben Lucas #2
    Dec 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    he is typically misconstrued as the Atheist’s version of a God.

    Theists often make the same sort of projected errors about science, when they confuse evidence based confidence in expertise, with uncritical blind faith!

    It comes from the indoctrinated habits of fallacious thinking from those who are simply unfamiliar with logical reasoning, and the concept of scientific methodology, – starting with, and following, the evidence!

    “Thinking” to this type of theist, means blind acceptance of a creed or dogma from some authority figure.
    They have no concept of any other thought process and so attribute the only one they know to other people.



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  • I agree. First five paragraphs are bad, along with the title. The rest is okay. Therefore, I give the article a D.

    Why not just call it something like “Richard Dawkins at the Chan Centre”? Why be snide? Oh yes.—An angle.

    One question: what evidence is there that there is no God? (Kidding!!)



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  • @OP – There was an air of self-righteousness at times, which is understandable among people who know The Truth.

    The strength theist faith in assumed “truths” (often projected on to atheists), can be exhibited over years, – but that adds nothing to the veracity of its claims!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38531888/grandma-accidentally-prays-to-elrond-from-lord-of-the-rings

    A Brazilian grandmother has been praying to a figurine from Lord of the Rings for years without realising.

    The woman thought she was praying to Saint Anthony but it turns out the figure was Elmond, Lord of Rivendell.

    Her relative Gabriela Brandao made the discovery and posted it on Facebook with the caption: “The funniest discovery of 2016.”

    The post reads: “My daughter’s great-grandmother prays to Saint Anthony every day.”

    On closer inspection, she said Saint Anthony wasn’t what he seemed.

    The pointy ears may have given the game away.

    Gabriela’s post has been shared thousands of times around the world.

    In the books, JRR Tolkien describes Elrond as “noble and fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer”.

    The figurine is dressed in a long brown robe, a bit like a monk – or perhaps a saint – might wear.

    Don’t those Catholics love their holy statues! 🙂



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