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THE EMPEROR'S INCOHERENT NEW CLOTHES – POINTING THE FINGER AT DAWKINS' ATHEISM

  • Peter S. Williams
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With the publication of The God Delusion (Bantam, 2006) Richard Dawkins became enthroned as the unofficial ‘Emperor’ for a cadre of writers advancing a rhetorically robust form of anti-theism dubbed ‘The New Atheism’ by Wired Magazine contributing editor Gary Wolf. Many have cheered Dawkins and his court, seeing in their writings just what they long to see. For, after the fashion of the fairy-tale Emperor's fabled new clothes, the ‘new atheism’ has seen naturalism wrapping itself in a fake finery of counterfeit meaning and purpose.

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1 Dawkins, Richard, The God Delusion, (London: Bantam, 2006), p. 286.

2 Dawkins, Richard, ‘Afterword’ in Brockman, John (ed.), What Is Your Dangerous Idea?, (London: Pocket Books, 2006), p. 307.

3 Dawkins, Richard, ‘God's Utility Function’, Scientific American, (November, 1995), p. 85.

4 Dawkins, Richard, A Devil's Chaplain, (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003), p. 248.

5 William Provine, ‘Darwinism: Science or Naturalistic Philosophy?’ @ http://www.arn.org/docs/orpages/or161/161main.htm

6 Dawkins, Richard, quoted by Beauregard, Mario & O'Leary, Denyse, The Spiritual Brain, (New York: Harper One, 2007), p. 118.

7 Humphrys, John, In God We Doubt, (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007), pp. 1617.

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