I haven’t received my copy yet but no doubt when I will do, I will experience a reaction similar to Bob’s to the intemperance of Dawkins’ language; and similar to the reaction I experienced when I read the Sam Harris book. But when I do, I will try to remember Douglas Adams’ words on the subject.

“Book critics or theatre critics can be derisively negative and earn delighted praise for the trenchant wit of their review. A politician may attack an opponent scathingly across the floor of the House and earn plaudits for his robust pugnacity. But let a critic of religion employ a fraction of the same direct forthrightness, and polite society will purse its lips and shake its head: even secular polite society, and especially that part of secular society that loves to announce, ‘I’m an atheist, BUT . . .'”

[lifted from Dawkins’ thoughts on his book tour]

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2 thoughts on “Buttery”

  1. > I will experience a reaction similar to Bob’s to the intemperance of Dawkins’ language

    Maybe I’m weird or something, but I’m almost done with the book and still don’t see a reason to “react” to his intemperance.

    Well, I do know (because I’ve seen it…several times) that simply saying “I don’t believe god exists” can be perceived as almost criminal. Maybe that’s what’s going on here.

    I find Dawkins very methodical in his explanations, almost too cautious not too hurt the moderate (I think that’s his target audience), sometimes humorous, and certainly frustrated once in a while.

  2. Statements such as this are, IMO, intemperate:

    “Faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate”

    I am firmly in the “I don’t care what nonsense other people believe as long as their beliefs don’t affect me” camp. I think it’s harmful to our cause if the believers think there is a war on belief. Many of Dawkins’ statements contribute to that perception.

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