Tag Archives: Popologetics

Three Reasons to Admire Dawkins

Numerous twitter feeds and blogs reliably inform us that Richard Dawkins ‘no longer speaks for atheism’. I am quite sure that no person or organisation ever spoke for atheism, or ever will. Nonetheless, even atheists who once praised “The God Delusion” are now  quick to point out that they will continue to tell their children fairy tales, that they do not believe that rapes can be graded according to their severity and that they think it is perfectly moral to chose to have a child with Down’s Syndrome ( and heaven help us if we now have to make that clear!) For those of us who do not even see much by way of persuasive argument in “The God Delusion”, it is all to easy to forget that there are many reasons to admire Richard Dawkins.

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Are “The Unbelievers” Unbelievable?

Graham features on the “Unbelievable” show on Saturday 3rd August, discussing the film “The Unbelievers” with its director and producer Gus Holwerda.*

You can also listen to the show on the “Unbelievable” site  (which has many useful links about the film) or download the MP3 by following this link: Review of The Unbelievers

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Beware of Nice People!

In the 1960s Yale social psychologist Stanley Milgram carried out an experiment to measure the willingness of participants to obey authority figures. The basic idea was to see how far the participant (in the role of a teacher) would go in administering electric shocks to a stranger (in the role of a learner who was actually an actor pretending to receive the shocks), when ordered to do so by the experimenter.

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Richard Dawkins, Slenderman and the Terrible Power of Fantasy

Not too long ago, Richard Dawkins asked parents: “Is it a good thing to go along with the fantasies of  childhood, magical as they are?” Dawkins’ genius for publicity rivals Katie Hopkins’ and Miley Cyrus’s. When Richard wants a headline he shall have a headline: he uses preposterous statements and ludicrous questions to generate absurd amounts of free-advertising on Twitter and in newspaper columns.

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Secularism and the Nature of Evil

Each generation has a different nightmare and each nightmare reveals something about that generation. Giant ants and radioactive dinosaurs made audiences scream in the 1950s; a few decades later,The Beast from 20000 Fathoms and Them would seem quaintly comical. Radioactive monstrosities would be replaced by invincible serial killers in the 1980s; psychopaths in Halloween masks would later be parodied by the Scream franchise.

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