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Scientists slam religion in new documentary

Scientists slam religion in new documentary

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss are stars of a new feature-length documentary that slams religion and touts science, as if never the twain shall meet. “Science is wonderful. Science is beautiful,” Dawkins says. “Religion is not wonderful. Religion is not beautiful.”


I am frustrated by such a one-or-the-other world view. I believe science is wonderful, and so, at its best, is religion. But hey, like Krauss himself says, “There’s no one whose views are not subject to question.” (Frankly, that sounds downright Episcopalian to me.) The film, titled “The Unbelievers,” had its premiere in Toronto on Monday. A Q&A with Dawkins and Krauss appears in today’s Globe and Mail.

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Gary Paul Gilbert

I like the video even though Dawkins oversimplifies. There are still many Christians who believe the things he denounces.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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tgflux

"Its hilarious to watch two science guys advocate that the cosmological reality as described by science can be uplifting and comforting."

Hey, whatever, to each their own.

But that's just the thing: they're free to make their FAITH-CLAIM about their cosmological reality ("It's comforting and uplifting: believe it!").

...as I'm free to make mine: the Universe is (per Einstein) "not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we CAN suppose", AND that the redeeming LOVE of God-in-Christ is the best glimpse that *I* have ever gotten of that (wonder-full!) queerer-than-we-can-suppose Reality. Not Dawkinsian (pseudo!) rational, instrumental materialism.

JC Fisher

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Rod Gillis

Watched the clip on the T.O. Globe and Mail site. Its hilarious to watch two science guys advocate that the cosmological reality as described by science can be uplifting and comforting. So let me get this straight, the fact that we are here by random chance, likely to suffer extinction well before the end of the universe, and that the universe as we know it is headed for eventual oblivion is comforting and uplifting? Well I suppose sticking with that empirical data may be comforting, but asserting such is not a scientific statement, but merely a statement of value.

If I want an opinion on a biological issue I'd be happy to ask Dawkins; but if I ask for his opinion on religion, the only thing he is qualified to offer is his personal experience of the same, no more or less valuable than that of the next guy. He certainly seems to underestimate religious and philosophical insight.

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Adam Wood

I'm agnostic on the Dawkins question. There's a lot of so-called evidence that he exists... but how can I be sure?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QERyh9YYEis

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IT

Richard Dawkins is showboating, again. He does not speak for all scientists, so the headline here is rather misleading-- because it's not scientists, it's Dawkins. In fact, Dawkins doesn't speak for all atheists. I'm a scientist, and an atheist, and I find Dawkins quite annoying. Really, as I've commented before, the majority of non believing scientists don't pay much attention to his fundamentalism. But I'll bet he's making a mint.

It's really not helpful to buy into the "Religion vs. Science" meme, which is equally beloved of the conservative Christian right and of Dawkins and his tedious new atheists. Real life is far less binary.

For a different view, I point you to the considerations of science and religion over at Friends of Jake.

Susan Forsburg

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