Monday, October 24, 2005

Dawkins's Faith

Just ran across this amusing picture put together by Julian at trinetizen:

I find your lack of faith disturbing

The quotation, in case you don't recognize it, is from Return of the Jedi and Julian, who is apparently a fan of Dawkins, says, "Note, how Dawkins looks a lot like the insidious Palpatine in pic above, thus the Darth Vader quote and lightning streaks." (Palpatine, to those unfamiliar with Star Wars lore, is the real name of the arch-antagonist of the series, the Emperor.)

Aside from the sheer entertainment value, I've posted this photo because (whether consciously or not) it reflects the truth that Dawkins's position depends on faith just as much as that of the religious people he so despises.

Here's an excellent analysis of one of Dawkins's books:

Stephen M. Barr, "The Devil’s Chaplain Confounded," First Things 145 (August/September 2004): 25-31.

Barr does a great job exposing the inconsistency of Dawkins's world-view.

An interesting quotation from Dawkins:

I believe, but I cannot prove, that all life, all intelligence, all creativity and all 'design' anywhere in the universe is the direct or indirect product of Darwinian natural selection," said Prof Dawkins in the responses published yesterday on (Telegraph UK 05/01/2005)

As any Darwinist will admit, natural selection doesn't create anything: it only weeds out the unfit forms created by "random mutation." So Dawkins's conception of the origin of the universe is purely negative: a "theology" of death.

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