Richard Dawkins to discuss atheism, evolutionary biology at the C of C

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Richard Dawkins sat in a Colorado hotel room last week before heading out to protest the Good News Clubs, which take Bible-based after-school activities to public schools, while he mused about his upcoming foray into the Holy City.

He’s excited about coming.

“I love going to the Bible Belt!” Dawkins exclaimed. “I seem to get rather enthusiastic audiences.”

Indeed. The internationally known evolutionary biologist has popularized — some would say polarized — a debate between evolution and atheism on one hand, creationism and faith on another.

Dawkins will appear at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 9) at the College of Charleston in a talk billed as the world’s most famous atheist meets South Carolina’s most famous atheist. The latter is Herb Silverman, a Charlestonian and founder of the Secular Coalition for America, who will interview Dawkins at the Physicians Memorial Auditorium.

Silverman promises a healthy store of intellectual-bending questions such as: How do Christians believe in biblical stories they know aren’t scientifically true?

“I prefer having evidence-based answers,” said Silverman, also a retired mathematics professor and author of “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.”

Written By: Jennifer Berry Hawes
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Sure- he hits Michigan just before I get here and South Carolina just after I leave. When I read first read C of C, I was hoping it would be the College of Cardinals- that I would hock my children to see.

  2. “It takes far more faith to believe there is no God then to believe there is one,” said the Rev. Ed Grant, pastor of Calvary Lutheran in West Ashley. “The beauty and complexity of nature, and especially the intricate design of the human body, bear the stamp and signature of an unseen God. His invisibility, a stumbling block to sense-dependent people, cannot be allowed to diminish the evidence his creation provides.”

    I have always loved this apologist argument about “limited human senses… therefore the evidence is obvious”. It’s like saying you are too stupid to ‘get’ it, you don’t have the necessary tools. Therefore, duh, get with the program. Please oh please someone save me from the flat earth society.

    • In reply to #3 by PY:

      a stumbling block to sense-dependent people

      As opposed to nonsense-dependent people, presumably.

      C of C made me think “Call of Cthulu” I’m sure Richard would enunciate the phrase “ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” beautifully.

      Seriously, though, it’s great this is happening. I hope it’s inspiring, encouraging and unifying to rational nones and self-identifying atheists in the region.

  3. “It takes far more faith to believe there is no God then to believe there is one,” said the Rev. Ed Grant, pastor of Calvary Lutheran in West Ashley.

    Actually it takes “real faith-thinking”, to make pronouncements as lame-brained is this one! (It must all be magic – because he has no understanding of how any of it works – and no-one else could possibly understand it if he can’t, so they must all be using “faith”!)

  4. Rev. Grant: “The beauty and complexity of nature, and especially the intricate design of the human body, bear the stamp and signature of an unseen God. His invisibility, a stumbling block to sense-dependent people, cannot be allowed to diminish the evidence his creation provides.”

    As someone who just had a defective “god-designed” lens replaced with an artificial one (cataract surgery), I am not impressed with the “intricate design” of the human eye.

    And as for god’s invisibility…. it never can be said too often that the invisible and the non-existent look pretty much alike. ;-)

    Steve

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