I like (and respect — yes seriously) honest atheists.
Gotta love this, and of course Dawkins’ honesty about where the materialistic worldview naturally leads. And if rape is not wrong, but just a personal preference, then why is anything else wrong?
It gets worse. In a radio interview with Justin Brierley, after his debate with John Lennox in London a few years ago, the following exchange took place between Dawkins and Brierley (starting at 4:57):
Brierley: “But if we had evolved into a society in which rape was considered fine, would that mean that rape is fine?”
Dawkins responded, “I don’t want to answer that question…it’s enough for me to say that we live in a society where it’s not considered fine. We live in a society where selfishness, where failure to pay your debts, failure to reciprocate favors is regarded askance. Ah, that is the society in which we live. I’m very glad…that’s a value judgment, I’m very glad that I live in such a society.”
Brierley: “It is …. But when you make a value judgment don’t you immediately step yourself outside of this evolutionary process and say … the reason this is good is because it’s good, and you don’t have any way to stand on that statement.”
Dawkins: “But my value judgment itself could come from my evolutionary past.”
Brierley: “So, therefore it’s just as random as any product of evolution.”
Dawkins: “Well, you could say that…uh, but it doesn’t in any case…nothing about it makes it more probable that there is anything supernatural.”
Brierley: “OK, but ultimately, your belief that rape is wrong is as arbitrary as the fact that we’ve evolved five fingers rather than six.”
Dawkins: “You could say that, yes.”
(Emphasis from source.)
Gotta love atheist/agnostic Michael Ruse Yeah seriously. Enjoy.
Professor Richard Dawkins has been called the world’s most notorious atheist. Indeed, his atheism is so militant that he is widely regarded as the poster-child for the modern so-called “new Atheist” movement.
His wildly popular books, The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, among others, are regularly cited in atheist articles, books and blogs. Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion has sold more than 2 million copies and is now in 31 languages. Dawkins has called all forms of religious belief, “a fixed false belief.” Dawkins once declared that “we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” He was once asked about the contribution of seminaries and divinity schools to the world to which Dawkins replied, “What has theology ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody?”
Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target
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Frank Turek interviews William Lane Craig at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics. Dr. Craig speaks on his experience with the Reasonable Faith tour in the UK.
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