I had it on my computer for quite a long time; The Root of All Evil – The God Delusion – The Virus of Faith was a documentary done by Professor Richard Dawkins, the most well known atheist of 2006. His disbelief in a creator (i.e. God) has compelled him to come up with the bestseller book entitled The God Delusion. What I downloaded was a BBC TV Special that summarises the points made in his book.
Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.
Anyway, in the show, he tries to attack the need of religion by looking at its effect and hypothises that the negative outcomes (i.e. war and differences of opinion) proves that the actual nature of religion is less than idealistic and more of just man-made excuses that enables man to perpetrate their own prejudices against others. This is done with him going around the world, hitting out at the main world religions and interviewing the ‘main persons’. His approach is problematic to say the least, since he uses an assumption of results rather than to start from the beginning. He also likes to employ a confrontation of ‘evolution as a fact and science’ against the ‘leaders’ chosen for his documentary. What ensues is of course chaos, which is what Dawkins want.
What do you hope to get when one thrusts forth an apple against a person who is carrying an orange? You get an explosive premise, especially when the documentary is edited by the one carrying the apple, with all the glamour and style necessary.
In all, Dawkins certainly has an interesting appeal, but his methods is nothing revolutionary in itself. Of interest is his dealing with a man who was formerly Judaistic, who converted into Islam… he flew into a rage and brought up the fact that ‘just because you claim to be atheist, does not in any way mean that you are not responsible for the environment you are living in’. I thought Dawkins was pretty shaken up by such vehemence, although he turned it around in the documentary to show how ‘irrational’ such people are.
I found some of these articles written by him on various topics within this subject matter:
I’m quite intrigued by the things being propounded by this man, especially since I see great worth in knowing the truth, especially those connected to God. And that’s the thing: for all the yelling and shouting that Dawkins have on religion being a ‘mindless’, ‘robotic’, ‘dogmatic’ concept, there are many who belief because of the logical thought and good evidences given.
I’ll probably have a short write up on the articles. No, I am not afraid of reading these articles. Never had after being truly converted.