May 30, 2013

Militant atheism

In this TED talk, biologist Richard Dawkins gives some interesting points regarding the argument between evolution and creation. He breaks through the taboo against saying anything bad about religion. He includes a great quote from Douglas Adams:

Religion doesn't seem to work like that. It has certain ideas at the heart of it, which we call sacred or holy. What it means is, here is an idea or notion that you're not allowed to say anything bad about. You're just not. Why not? Because you're not. Why should it be that it's perfectly legitimate to support the Republicans or the Democrats, this model of economics versus that, Macintosh instead of Windows; but to have an opinion about how the universe began, about who created the universe—no, that's holy. So we're used to not challenging religious ideas. [...] Everybody gets absolutely frantic about it, because you're not allowed to say these things. Yet when you look at it rationally, there is no reason why those ideas shouldn't be as open to debate as any other—except that we've agreed somehow between us that they shouldn't be.

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