Re: [asa] Brilliant article by Dawkins

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 07:36:08 EDT

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:33 AM, Jack <> wrote:

> I dont know about it being brilliant. He spends a lot of time talking
> about how evolution isnt a "theory" its a fact, when we all know that the
> word theory has more meanings than the sense that he is using it.
> I also bristle a bit at his suggestions on what preachers should preach
> about.

Granted it's disingenuous, but there is something to be said for caution in
the way preachers talk, say about Adam and Eve. There is a modern problem
with the word "myth", because it is seen today as being just "falsehood".
You see websites with "Top 10 myths about XYZ busted". But a myth in the
proper sense was a story intended to illustrate a profound truth, through a
semblance of history. Perhaps in the past people would realise this and not
take exception to talking about mythological characters as if they were
real, but perhaps in modern times we need to make that qualification because
the modern tendency is to take things literally.

> This is disingenuous isnt it? What he really wants is for there to be no
> church, no preachers, and no religion. Perhaps he wants the preachers to
> say that the existence of Adam and Eve isnt factual just to create
> dissension, not to spread truth. Since evolution does not necessarily
> negate the historicity of Adam he is straying to far from his area of
> expertise here.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Michael Roberts <>
> *To:* ; ;
> *Sent:* Monday, August 24, 2009 3:04 PM
> *Subject:* [asa] Brilliant article by Dawkins
> No, I am not joking. There was an absolutely brilliant article in The Times
> today on the menace of creationism. Excellent stuff, not one attack on
> Christianity. It does have a few necessary comments on bishops and clergy
> put in an understatement.
> Ii is on
> Michael

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