Re: [asa] Re: (Santa?) [christians_in_science] Brilliant article by Dawkins

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Wed Aug 26 2009 - 19:15:13 EDT

Dehler, Bernie wrote:
> 1. On one hand, who cares if the person believes in the E.B. because he is an outstanding scientist. (Pastor Murray wrote along these lines.)

No, "who cares" was NOT my point - as if my only response to Dawkins is to dismiss a valid claim about Collins.

My point was that Dawkins makes much about the need for EVIDENCE to rule people's beliefs - in which case his belief about the impact of religious belief on scientific practice should ALSO be ruled by evidence.

And the evidence is that there is NO correlation between theism/atheism and scientific competence one way or the other.

It doesn't, I think, need great insight to see that Dawkins is hoist on his own petard in that he quite transparently allows his ideology to dictate his position.

So, I am arguing "Dawkins is wrong" NOT "Dawkins is right, but who cares" - and I think that a necessary distinction to make.


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