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Richard Dawkins, the “Grinch”

A friend of mine, Larry Taunton, President of Fixed Point Foundation, wrote an article for USA Today on Richard Dawkins that I really enjoyed. His article was entitled, “The atheist who tried to steal Christmas”. This past Christmas Richard Dawkins was on the evangelism circuit again with a new 271-page book for young people entitled The Magic of Reality. His book is an attempt to show children that all religions are absolutely absurd fairytales.

The article explains that Richard Dawkins makes several fundamental errors. He lumps all religions into one category and describes all of them as “potentially dangerous” and “must be opposed.” After all, whether you believe in Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, Mohammed, Allah, or the Tooth Fairy, any and all of these “fictional people” are products of a “mental virus,” according to Dawkins.

I love what Larry states in one paragraph that I will quote here:

Factual errors aside, the irony of Dawkins crusading is that he is crusading at all. In so doing, he has unwittingly mimicked the Christian missionary and evangelistic efforts that he so hates. Many readers will no doubt recall his campaign to plaster the sides of London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” The clear purpose of that initiative and many others is to convert the unenlightened. Indeed, Dawkins is an atheist evangelist, preaching his faith with the fervor of an Old Testament prophet. He portrays himself as a kind of Liberator, freeing the world from its bondage to religion while building his own megachurch of unbelief.

This article reminds me of a blog I wrote recently called “The ‘Thinking’ Atheist” as a response to an atheist who asked the question: Are we wasting our time debating with Christians? I reminded the atheist in that blog that yes, you are absolutely wasting your time because in the atheist worldview there is no right and there is no wrong and nothing you do or say matters at all. I find any atheist that argues or proselytizes to be a glaring contradiction of his/her own worldview.

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