Posts Tagged ‘Richard Dawkins’

Does science disprove God? Comments 1

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Seven years have passed since the death, on April 7, 2009, of Fr Stanley Jaki OSB, a great fighter for Catholic truth and a world-ranking authority on science and religion. I had the privilege of working with him for five years. He was the author of more than 50 books and over 400 articles. He was Read more

Call for prayers after Richard Dawkins suffers stroke – cancels New Zealand appearance Comments 1

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Celebrity biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has suffered a minor stroke which has forced him to cancel his forthcoming trip to New Zealand. Following the news of Dawkins’ minor stroke the Church of England tweeted “Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family,” causing a worldwide collective cringe. Continue reading Twitter users are now debating whether Read more

Richard Dawkins to come to Wellington again Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Evolutionary biologist and provocative atheist Richard Dawkins will be appearing during Writers’ Week during the 2016 New Zealand festival. Dawkins, who is now 74, previously appeared at the New Zealand Festival in 2010. In an article in the New Zealand Listener, Diana Wichtel described him as “a scientist, a writer, a performer, a public intellectual, an Read more

Richard Dawkins backs CofE over banned Lord’s Prayer ad Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Atheist scientist Richard Dawkins has strongly objected to three UK cinema chains refusing to screen an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The ad, produced by JustPray.uk, shows the Lord’s Prayer being recited by members of the public ranging from bodybuilders to children, and also features the Archbishop of Canterbury. The minute-long ad received clearance from Read more

Dawkins says not aborting Down syndrome babies is immoral Comments 1

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Supporters of people with Down syndrome have slammed atheist Richard Dawkins’ comments that it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with the condition. The controversy erupted after a Twitter exchange between Dawkins and a woman who said she would face a real ethical dilemma if pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Read more

Richard Dawkins says niceness of churchgoers enables extremists Comments 0

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Atheist Richard Dawkins has argued that the niceness of ordinary churchgoers has helped enable religious fundamentalists to become suicide bombers. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported Dawkins saying moderate Christian and Muslim believers had inadvertently paved the way for extremists. Dawkins said ordinary believers do this by being “so nice” that people do not Read more

Summing up a religion one meme at a time Comments 0

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

A “meme,” as defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976, is an idea, belief or behaviour that is spread through a given culture or social system via social or information sharing. Internet memes generally take the form of an image over which text is written and are, for the most part, intended to be humorous, often Read more

Can pedophilia ever be ‘mild’? Comments 0

Friday, September 20th, 2013

World-famous scientist, Richard Dawkins has attracted a lot of negative attention recently by suggesting that the “mild pedophilia” he experienced as a boy wasn’t really such a big deal. In a recent interview, he recalled how one of his teachers “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts.” Dawkins went on Read more

Little reason for man of cloth to preach pure rationalism Comments 1

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

There is no delusion more surprising than that human beings are rational. You need only consider the position the ghastly Kardashians occupy in the hearts and minds of millions of television viewers for evidence of that. We wreck the world through overpopulation, squander resources and exterminate species far lovelier than ourselves. Climate change looks to Read more

Rowan Williams defeats Richard Dawkins in religion debate Comments 0

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has defeated the prominent atheist Richard Dawkins in a debate on religion at the University of Cambridge in England. Students voted 324-136 against Dawkins’ argument that religion has no place in the 21st century. “Religion has always been a matter of community building, a matter of building Read more