In defense of Atheism

Richard Dawkins,  a man once voted the third most influential living public intellectual (Click here for the entire list), has been getting a lot of press lately over his new book The God Delusion

While the press reaction, as expected, has been largely negative, Channel 4 in the UK permitted the airing of two 45-minute long documentaries composed by Dawkins in defense of Atheism. 

It took me forever to track complete versions of these documentaries down (Youtube had them split up into I think 8 or 10 videos), but I was finally able to find complete videos of the documentaries on Google Video. 

There’s much in these documentaries that is worth discussing and, frankly, I don’t even know where to begin.  However, that said, I did find it interesting that Dawkins seems to take the stance, in the first part, that religion has always been undesirable whereas I’m on record (here) as noting that religion was once a social virtue, but that it has long since evolved to become a hindrance not only to the furthering of human knowledge and understanding, but also to our continued harmonious co-existence with one another. 

So, without further adieu, I present to you the complete, uninterrupted documentary: The God Delusion

Part I

Part II

Comments?  Statements?  Outbursts?


7 Responses to “In defense of Atheism”

  1. 1 Jan Johnstone 6 February, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    good post. I read the list of 100 and analysis. That was interesting too. The analysis omitted to consider that afluence (connected to the internet) had anything to do with the top 100 chosen thinkers. I am glad chomsky won.

  2. 2 Wu 7 February, 2007 at 12:08 am

    I still have to read “The God Delusion.” You might also like Sam Harris’ “The End of Faith,” which I understand bears some similarities to Dawkins’ book.

    Essentially Harris proposes that religion, even in the hands of moderates, is delusional. In some ways moderates validate extremists because they still live by the same notion that following texts which are thousands of years old will buy you some form of eternal happiness. All this without the burden of proof.

    Believing different religious doctrine just sets us up to fight and kill one another in the name of faith.

  3. 3 Jitender Saan 8 February, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Dawkins is a rather smart guy :)

    Thanks for the links.

  4. 4 Terry 17 March, 2007 at 9:45 am

    The second part has vanished again! Can’t find it anywhere either!

  5. 5 paulitics 17 March, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Okay, that is weird. I didn’t even notice that. I’ll hunt for it as well.

  6. 6 Terry 18 March, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Success! I’ve done a little research and managed to track down the 2nd part. Here’s the info: Channel 4 aired two 50 min documentaries under the title of ‘The Root of All Evil’. The first was, of course, ‘The God Delusion’ and the second was ‘The Virus of Faith’. I’ve found a copy of the latter (with spanish subs) here:

    There was also a talk show in Canada hosted by Avi Lewis that I found which is here:

    Phew! That was a toughie to hunt down!

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