Discussion by: flopster123
I want to join this site because I'm a sincere admirer of Richard Dawkins. His bravery and honesty and his dedication to his beliefs, let alone his scientific distinction and his wonderful writing, make him one of the truly great men of the age. I especially loved Climbing Mount Improbable which has had a huge influence on me. But it took me in a different direction from that of its author. I'd better come out as a Catholic but I have to say a rebellious one. I love the Church but I'm appalled and disgusted by its authorities, and I cheer on Richard's relentless attacks on them. Has anybody attacked religious authorities quite so passionately since Voltaire, perhaps even Jesus himself? Richard won't like this but I regard him as a prophet sent by God. Nevertheless, I'm not at all impressed by The God Delusion although publishing it was such a brave thing to do. Dawkins' treatment of the Bible is like somebody dismissing the whole of Shakespeare because Gloucester is blinded on stage and Clarence drowned in a butt of malmsey. He has completely misunderstood Aquinas's 5 ways, especially the argument from design. How can anybody think that the moral zeitgeist has improved because we don't kill dodos when half the species that exist are facing extinction, largely through our actions, by 2050? I was rather hoping that although I'm a Catholic – even fervent I like to think – I'd be allowed on your site and a few atheists would come out raging with whom I could discuss The God Delusion.