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  • Writer's picture Peter Kupisz

Richard Dawkins Would "Fail Any Introductory Philosophy" Course

The God Delusion, a book written by Richard Dawkins, has had a deep impact on the rank and file of the atheist community. But not all atheists regard it that way; those with extensive philosophical training have criticized it. For example, Dr. Michael Ruse, a philosopher at Florida State University, has written extensively on philosophy, science, and religion. He makes his criticism in an article titled, "Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster".

Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion would fail any introductory philosophy or religion course. Proudly he criticizes that whereof he knows nothing. As I have said elsewhere, for the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the ontological argument. If we criticized gene theory with as little knowledge as Dawkins has of religion and philosophy, he would be rightly indignant.…
I have written elsewhere that The God Delusion makes me ashamed to be an atheist. Let me say that again. Let me say also that I am proud to be the focus of the invective of the new atheists. They are a bloody disaster and I want to be on the front line of those who say so.

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The BioLogos Foundation, “Why I Think the New Atheists Are a Bloody Disaster,” Science and the Sacred (blog), August 14, 2009,



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