We received this memo, and if we knew how, we probably wouldn’t tell you. We suspect we know who it is from. We will just copy it here:
Look, I don’t want to interfere, as you people all seem to be enjoying the fight. But just a couple of things for the record:
Richard Dawkins walked out on a journalist who professes to believe I exist.
I hear Dr. Dawkins even tried coining a new word for the Urban Dictionary, modelled on the name of someone who criticized him for doing so.
The skinny: I am a supernatural being, and thus beyond the purview of this-worldly science. Whether I exist can’t be deduced simply from common sense either, because the laws of logic do not require me to exist in principle.
Most people would politely check out of a discussion with a person of another religion, for whom my existence is meaningful. Their position does not require them to have an opinion, and I don’t care much what they think.
I also wouldn’t take it personally if they said that Richard Dawkins didn’t exist. Naturally, I would wonder why they thought that, but …
But now, it strikes me—applying horse sense to the matter—Dawkins is in a position that is peculiar to new atheists: He is obliged to believe I don’t exist, with the same certainty that you and I believe that 2+2 = 4, not 5. He can’t just forego having an opinion.
According to the late Will Provine, 78% of evolutionary biologists, are pure naturalist atheists, which means that they too are required to believe I don’t exist as a matter of principle. And maybe to believe other things that lead to senseless fights as well.
It’s a faith position, and I do understand that. However, I am a bit embarrassed to be the occasion of their walking out on people.
Maybe you guys can help calm things down …
And the transmission ended there.
See also: Arrogance can deceive
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