Dawkins proudly stands up for science, rational thought
Atheists are not likely to win any popularity contests in America, so when one is characterized by a reporter who is apparently unaware of his subject’s point of view, it doesn’t help the cause. A recent News article recently reported on Richard Dawkins, who “takes glee in antagonizing religion.” What he takes glee in is standing up for science and rational thinking in a culture dominated by religious or faith-based approaches to knowledge.
The article also says that Dawkins makes “fierce arguments against the existence of a supernatural creator, using scientific evidence to contradict belief in God.” He doesn’t. No rational atheist does, because it’s difficult to impossible to prove a negative. He simply says: I don’t take knowledge on faith; I believe in that which there is evidence for. You don’t have to prove the Easter bunny doesn’t exist in order not to believe in him.
Jeff Whitney, Ph.D.