Religion as a Virus: Dawkins on Religion

Religion as a Virus: Dawkins on Religion

Richard Dawkins (Oxford prof., father of meme theory, author of The Selfish Gene) argues against irrational, militant religion in the two-part Channel 4 UK documentary “The Root of all Evil?” (Jan. 2006).

Dawkins goes too far by including all forms of faith – not all are in direct contradiction to independent thought and constructive doubt! (Please chime in on this – esp. Progressive Faith Bloggers!)

Still, his arguments are very persuasive in terms of the malignant, dangerous, and destructive forms of “faith” that we see once again today – both here and abroad.

This from the Channel 4 description:

He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. Science, based on scepticism, investigation and evidence, must continuously test its own concepts and claims. Faith, by definition, defies evidence: it is untested and unshakeable, and is therefore in direct contradiction with science.

In addition, though religions preach morality, peace and hope, in fact, says Dawkins, they bring intolerance, violence and destruction. The growth of extreme fundamentalism in so many religions across the world not only endangers humanity but, he argues, is in conflict with the trend over thousands of years of history for humanity to progress – to become more enlightened and more tolerant.

The Root of All Evil? Part 1 – The God Delusion
The Root of All Evil? Part 2 – The Virus of Faith

Here is Part 1:

The God Who Wasn't There The Selfish Gene : 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author The God Delusion


2 thoughts on “Religion as a Virus: Dawkins on Religion

  1. Putting aside the question of faith; religion has shown itself time and again to be a powerful weapon in the hands of those who seek power – both in the form of wealth and world domination.
    Surely the concept of being a member of a flock should sound warning bells in the head of any rational human. Ever watched a flock of sheep being herded for slaughter?

  2. Heard Dawkins on the radio hawking one of his books. Who in the hell wants to hear there is no Santa Claus? Sure there is a God and he’s my friend.

    Ginger Gentry (Neo-Luddite)

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