Why We Need Richard Dawkins


Despite having written The God Delusion which inspired me and others to be involved in the secular movement, an argument goes that Richard Dawkins has had his day, a bit like a star footballer approaching retirement. His style of play is seen as ineffective and embarrassing as we are urged to move to civil engagement and reconciliation with believers. Turning keyboards into ploughshares will apparently herald a new age of reasonable reason.

Dawkins for me is the star defender of the team – he tackles hard. You do not want angels playing in that position; there will be times when the other side will shout for a booking let alone a sending off. But the game would be lost without that talent and determination regularly being employed on the pitch.

Watching Dawkins debate Deepak Chopra reminded me why I traveled thousands of miles to support the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Dawkins' passion for not just calling out pseudo-science but explaining what the science actually is, expressing real poetry in how things are without needing to imagine what we cannot know. Quite simply it is enthralling to hear complex subjects so beautifully explained by Dawkins.

I remember listening to a radio interview when a recovering drug addict phoned to say his new found Christian faith helped him and who was Dawkins to knock that? Richard replied that he had no desire to do so and wished him well. So much for the uncaring atheist bashing professor "The Guardian" article tried to paint to besmirch him recently.

Written By: John Sargeant
continue to source article at huffingtonpost.co.uk


  1. Richard Dawkins got a bit uppity just as the Internet was becoming the common tool for worldwide communication. His books, presentations and steadfast attention to seeking a free platform for discussion of otherwise taboo subjects, has been tremendously helpful. Many people continue to live in fear of speaking out against the promotion of religion in our secular communities. I expect that for as long as he has breath that Dawkins will continue to the top coach for the team, and aren’t we lucky to have such a leader.

    There is still much work to be done.

  2. I would say Richard is a very good team player. Very good in defence, always willing to pass the ball and get the team out of trouble. But he has also scored some pretty bloody tremendous goals ! That’s why the opposition fans hate him so much !

    (To the tune of My Guy)

    “Nothing you can do as he waltzes past you,

    Richardo” !

    • In reply to #2 by Mr DArcy:

      I would say Richard is a very good team player. Very good in defence, always willing to pass the ball and get the team out of trouble. But he has also scored some pretty bloody tremendous goals ! That’s why the opposition fans hate him so much !

      (To the tune of My Guy)

      “Nothing you can do as he…

      how odious to couch admiration and appreciation for such a man in tedious sports metaphor.

  3. We can always be thankful for richard’s voice in putting forward the non believer’s position, despite the relentless abuse he gets from those who still think religion is compulsory. We should also remember that he is first and foremost an important champion of biology.

  4. I love love love Richard Dawkins. He has such a self effacing, understated nature, with a wonderful propensity to express exactly what he thinks with such eloquence that his adversaries rarely realise that they have just taken a direct hit! There is something so refreshingly addictive about such unparalleled honesty. There are of course many other impressive individuals in this movement, all bringing something powerful to this intellectual table but when Richard Dawkins graces the stage he transfixes his audience and commands an extraordinary degree of respect. Call me OTT… I don’t care! More power to his wonderfully evolved elbows.

  5. What started was a wave of skeptics who were willing to stand up and call out nonsense for what it is and point out the dangers it presents to this world of people who must live with each other. We can’t run Spaceship Earth in the twenty-first century on foolishness from the first (or seventh) century. The trouble that Richard has received is a pure “shoot the messenger” reaction, when people should be facing the facts. Time to grow up.

  6. There is a comment on “problem loading comments” (#34 if you’d care to check,) in which Richard is thanked on behalf of of a the little people out there. The ordinary people without a great deal of influence in the world, but who now have a champion to articulate their case in the clearest possible terms. There are others of course, but none does it quite so well, or quite so fearlessly. Being one of those ‘little people’ myself, I’m happy to join the band.

  7. a bit like a star footballer

    there isn’t even the remotest parallel. to suggest that someone of the intellect and contribution of dawkins is in any way like that of a mere, brutish, entertainer, is absurd. we need dawkins; we can very well live without a footballer.

  8. We need Richard because he’s actually willing to speak upon and discuss about the concepts of god(s). We need more people to.

    Richard does it using the language of science, he knows it well. You are meant to do what you know and he does. Most people in his position wouldn’t be noticed by the common public. The interests of people in his position are too narrow for most of us but Richard overcomes this by bridging the narrow field of biology (narrow in its public appeal) with religion, politics, secularism, anti-authority behaviour (atheism is considered such and therefore cool), older dudes who are still cool (in their way), intelligence, so on…

    He is also willing to coordinate shit. I know I don’t.

  9. an argument goes that Richard Dawkins has had his day

    is there though? I see a lot of commentry these days suggesting this but I don’t know how widespread the feeling is. To me it seems that all that’s happened is the old fashioned dawkins bashing has changed tack to a more “PC” attitude of “yes of course we all knew he was right but things have (apparently) changed”.

    the old fashioned ad hominem attacks soon showed themselves up as unoriginal and ill-informed echo-chamber noise. now those hacks trying desperately to be original have jumped on the new bandwaggon.

    the idea we need a “softer” Dawkins still fails to acknowledge the fact we don’t and never did. uncomfortable truths are uncomfortable. don’t shoot the messenger for being honest.

    good article but the puffington isn’t exactly in a place to call out the guardian on this issue

  10. We need people like Prof Dawkins who can explain science in enlightening ways to average people….We especially need new young Dawkinsians and Hitchenians to train up in their topics and give entertaining lectures and debates etc….and definitely more women Dawkinettes….
    Dawkins is getting older and will probably want to retire and there will be a big void once that occurs…we already feel the void of Hitchens….where is his new young replacement….? Reason and science will probably be a long term battle, so we might as well train some people with a specialist degree in Atheism….(only joking)…well maybe something akin to the new skills needed in this field…

  11. FromLight Wave (Comment 15: Dawkins is getting older and will probably want to retire…..

    And sooner or later everyone will die, including me and Richard Dawkins. Since I am older than he, then statistically I will die first. That’s the way I want it, because life will be diminished for me when he is gone.

  12. Big Fan of RD, I became aware of him just when I de-converted after 9-11, and was asking myself a lot of questions. I have to say that I have learned a lot from the posters to this site as well, many of them over the years, but then the site is here because of Richard. Very grateful for all this!

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