November 24th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

Darwin and the case for 'militant atheism'


On November 24, 1859, the first edition of a book that would shake the most deeply established beliefs about life was published in London. What would eventually be known as "The Origin of Species" was the opening shot in a debate that hasn't ended, even 150 years later.

In a series of books starting in 1976 and in his 2002 TED Talk, biologist Richard Dawkins has explored the implications of Darwin's work. In "The Selfish Gene," Dawkins wrote, "Living organisms had existed on earth, without ever knowing why, for over 300,000 million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin."

Dawkins argues that there is no doubt that Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is true and, unlike some other scholars of the subject, says belief in evolution is not compatible with faith in religion. In fact, he argues, science and religion undermine each other.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    We cannot rule out the marriage of science and religion. An attack on any one individuals belief system, be it atheist or creationist, or any mixture there in and beyond the pc aspect of it all is ill driven. Respect for personal beliefs and/or faith and not without ignorance of any attack as a whole or in any part to take away an acceptance of our differences and building that into our framework, and in doing so protecting our freedoms, and our public and national safety without fear of not being pc.

    Neither side should have a power over or a control of our leading government system and inject through the lobby one side against the other. All outside influence through donations, be it scientific or spiritual based is wrong if not a violation of ethics from our leaders who accept "militant" funds from both hands and betray both hands, keeping a divide of fear alive in their own struggle to evolve in power and by design.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:22 am |

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