Richard Dawkins

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Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 13, 2011 at 4:29pm
Hitchens is an oratorical beast! simply amazing.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 13, 2011 at 4:20pm
lol, i would've loved to listen to the audiobook version.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 13, 2011 at 4:05pm
I still believe that you will find it a pleasant read, and if not just tell me otherwise. I'm at the moment where i just want to see Dawkins live. I still haven't gone to any atheist conventons.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 13, 2011 at 3:57pm
I suspect mike that you will love God Delusion, i most certainly did. It will be seen as an atheist classic for many years to come, enjoy it.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 13, 2011 at 3:49pm
I remember when i finished readind Dawkins "The God Delusion" it absolutely changed my life, i saw things differently, and now i'm currently reading "The Greatest Show on Earth" good read indeed.
Comment by Jules Melvin on January 7, 2011 at 10:24am
member number 1337, the perfect number to describe richard
Comment by Aaron B. on December 29, 2010 at 4:04pm
Richard is a man who is never afraid to speak his mind, and I love that.
Comment by Paula T. on December 24, 2010 at 10:43pm
Wonderful to read, in spite of the passing of Mr. Dawkins. I had not heard about this. Thank you for sharing, Keely.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2010 at 5:34pm
Craig, I like your statement, "Most of us don't say we're sure God doesn't exist. The concept of God is simply a failed hypothesis ..." Atheism started for me when our minister preached a sermon on obedience; how we are called to obey god, how wives are to submit to husbands, how the hierarchy was in place and no intelligence or action freed me from my obligation to obey.

I made an appointment with my paster and asked how are we to know if we obey the "actual" god, or if our husbands are worthy of obedience when they are thugs, brutes, and dominators? He gave me a long lecture on the meanings of obedience and the following Sunday preached another sermon on obedience. It was the first week of advent; we said the Apostles Creed as we did every Sunday:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.

I believed none of it. I left immediately, in the middle of the sermon, and never went back.

The preaching and teaching of the church was to look outward, to some external force, to some ... thing ... outside myself. So I thought about the equipment with which I was born: my senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, feel and a longing to be. Just to be. Not be better, or more obedient, or more submissive, but to be.

Paying attention to my senses, to the yearnings of my being, my experiences opened to a much larger field and one more satisfying. I exist, I am, I can use all my senses to do that which needs to be done to sustain myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I belong to communities of family, friends, neighbors, city, nation, and the planet. Looking around me, being conscious of my environment and the ways I respond to people and events, I realize I can make my life better and I can do those things that leave a light footprint on the Earth. I don't need a god or a religion to be ethical or moral. My consciousness has proven to be a worthy guide.
Comment by Craig A. James on December 2, 2010 at 7:06pm
Claudia - Most of us don't say we're sure God doesn't exist. The concept of God is simply a failed hypothesis, just as the claims for the other 16,000 to 20,000 gods that have been proposed around the world and down through history are each a failed hypothesis.

There's no circularity at all. If you start off life with no preconceived dogma infecting your brain, and take every hypothesis about the world as something that can either be established as true, proved false, or have no evidence one way or the other, then there's no need for circularity. We believe the things for which there is evidence, reject the things that are known to be false, and aren't very interested in things for which there can be no evidence.

I have no evidence that Bertrand Russell's orbiting teapot exists or doesn't exist, yet I'd wager a lot of money that there is no teapot orbiting the sun because it's inconsistent with many other things I know to be true based on evidence. That's how it is with God - I have no evidence, nor does anyone, for or against the existence of God. So why should I even consider it any further? It's just an ancient superstition that should be left behind.

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