29th March 2014

“If we are too friendly to nice, decent bishops, we run the risk of buying into the fiction that there's something virtuous about believing things because of faith rather than because of evidence. We run the risk of betraying scientific enlightenment.”

Richard Dawkins

3 Responses to “29th March 2014”

  1. Dan Says:

    I don’t care about “betraying” an idea or paradigm. I’m not an ideologue.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Dan, it is not a question of ideologue or not. When a question arises that has evidence on one side of the answer, and only faith for the other, it is not being an ideologue that insists that one go with the evidence – it’s pure logic. When a bishop denies something which has evidence because it’s against his faith, which side do you pick, the bishop or the evidence.

  3. Dan Says:


    I think you misunderstood my comment.

    Of course it’s not being an ideologue to go with the evidence.

    It IS being an ideologue however if I hold the scientific enlightenment to be some kind of ideology though that must not be betrayed, as is implied by Dawkins’ choice of words.

    I put in quotes the word “betrayed” because that was what I was criticizing, clearly.