Richard Dawkins has gotten himself into a bit of a fight with his fellow atheists because he decided to stop all anonymous comments on his blog site. It seems as if it was getting a bit out of hand: Seehere.
His fans have turned on him in primal rage, using language that can only be described as animal. It’s amazing how quickly denominations are actually formed!
“Surely there has to be something wrong with people who can resort to such over-the-top language, overreacting so spectacularly to something so trivial,” says Dawkins. Well maybe he’s right.
Dawkins says that many people feel a profound sense of relief when they “let go of God,” well there is no surprise there. It would be a great relief to believe that I can say what I want, how I want without so much as a whisper of some kind of accountability – but is it true? Surely we ought to be promoting a view because of it’s validity not because of how it makes one feel.
It seems to me that any atheistic stance that has any merit at all comes from those who have been trained by some fairly rigorous disciplines; usually in some religious tradition, and they throw out the tradition while retaining the discipline. After all it seems so ‘natural’ to them. But it is not natural at all, and their followers, in their new found atheistic liberties, do not have the benefit of their discipline. You know when someone like Dawkins spends his considerable intelligence convincing people that they have no moral basis, you’d think that he wouldn’t be surprised when they act that way.
Oh, BTW, great new book answering Dawkins: Who made God?by the physicist, Prof. Edgar Andrews.