Here’s some blurb for the latest attempts of the non-existent one to explain how you can be an “intellectually fulfilled atheist”:
The Magic of Reality – Richard Dawkins – Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 October 2011, 8.30pm
Chaired by James Harding, editor, The Times.
The Magic of Reality – An Evening with Richard Dawkins will see him discussing his new book, The Magic of Reality, which uses stunning words and pictures to present the real story of the world around us, taking us on an enthralling journey through scientific reality. Richard Dawkins and Dave McKean have created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will entertain and inform for years to come.
The question I’m interested in, is whether whilst trying to persuade everyone that being an atheist is just as “magical” and “dazzling” and “enthralling” as loving your Creator, he’ll be honest about the implications of his beliefs. That is, will he be at any pains to explain this:
In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.
— Richard Dawkins, “God’s Utility Function,” published in Scientific American (November, 1995), p. 85
There’s quite a difference in content and tone between those two quotes, isn’t there? The first is atheist PR… the second is atheist honesty. When on his magical atheism tour, will he be bringing the honesty out on display or keeping it well hidden? Do let us know if you find out…