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Why do people think that they can “put down” Dawkins just by pointing out that he is ignorant and bigoted?

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In “Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins’ ‘atheist fundamentalism’” (Telegraph, 14 Mar 2012), Victoria Ward reports that “Melvyn Bragg, the broadcaster, has launched a withering attack on Professor Richard Dawkins, accusing him of “ignorance” and of showing “no respect” for religion.”:

“Ever since civilisation began people have believed in many gods, one god or none,” he said. “There have also been atheists, people who say that this is unprovable, that there could not be resurrections and reincarnations and miracles. These are all respectable traditions.

“What’s changed recently is the animus and the ignorance that has entered into the atheist argument, led by Richard Dawkins, most improbably a fine zoologist, a good scholar, Oxford trained, who seems to have thrown everything off in this odd pursuit, particularly of Christianity.”

Bragg argued that reason was not “the primary source of knowledge”.

Reason isn’t a source of knowledge at all. Knowledge comes from observation, reason enables us to think about what we observe. Also, why do people think that they can “put down” Dawkins just by pointing out that he is ignorant and bigoted?

Ignorant bigots gain large followings, especially among the lazy and badly motivated. It’s no accident that people like Dawkins get plenty of air time in the media and a fine (atheist) scholar who deplores the spectacle only gets occasional time, inadvertently joining Dawkins’ circus.

Predictably, when William Lane Craig offered to debate Dawkins, the latter refused, knowing he did not have to.  Where he is now, he can’t lose.

Besides which: Because the new atheist spectacle is guaranteed to be challenge-free, intellectually and emotionally, most non-atheists do not convert. So the circus never finally leaves town.

Anyway, there’s a vid at the link (it doesn’t embed here):

2 Replies to “Why do people think that they can “put down” Dawkins just by pointing out that he is ignorant and bigoted?

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    Blue_Savannah says:

    It amazes me that some people believe atheists have special ‘knowledge’ that allows then to know what is/isn’t beyond the natural. When the evidence points to something outside the natural universe, why ignore it? Just because they don’t have a relationship with the Creator, doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. Keep in mind, these are the same people who believed the coelacanth was extinct…until they were found alive and well off the South African coast…but they KNOW (wink wink) God doesn’t exist. That’s not knowledge, that’s faith.

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    Barb says:

    It’s also wrong to suggest that a religious person has necessarily abandoned reason for blind faith. The Bible very plainly states that “the wisdom from above is reasonable.” The apostle Paul used “references” to prove his points to those he preached to in the synagogues. Faith and reason aren’t bitter enemies; they go hand in hand.

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