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Professional Atheist Dawkins Says Christianity ‘Bulwark Against Something Worse’

In a text that is coursing about on social media, professional God-slayer Richard Dawkins begrudgingly admitted that Christianity may actually be our best defense against aberrant forms of religion that threaten the world.

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings,” Dawkins said. “I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death.”

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    One of the main problems facing Europe and to an increasing degree Canada and even the United States, is that young to middle-aged people increasingly misunderstand Christianity and that “bulwark” is actually often a vacuum of vapid secularism. Into that vacuum comes Islam, like a genie let out of the poison bottle.

    While I appreciate what Dawkins is saying, it’s a classic case of ‘too little, too late’.

    • Bregh

      And the same can be said about a great many other instruments of civilisation that Prof Dawkins’ generation has spent the last fifty-sixty years mocking, vilifying, and destroying.

    • Waffle

      I’d change the word “vapid” to “materialistic”.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        I certainly appreciate an “informed” secularism that acknowledges the Christian (or Judeo-Christian) heritage of Canada, the USA, and Europe that simultaneously appreciates why a Christian or Muslim theocracy would be dangerous and downright bad for any modern society.

        I wrote “vapid” because I think a great many people, especially 20-somethings and 30-somethings, and a great many 40-somethings, too, are indifferent agnostics believing in nothing and anything in particular, and this crowd is particularly susceptible to the dangers of Islam and mushy NDP and Liberal policies that privilege “multiculturalism” and other such bogus nonsense over and above Common Law and, dare I say it, good common sense. “Materialistic” would not really get at my point as effectively, though your point is well taken. 🙂

        • Waffle

          Understood, however I still maintain “materialistic” because this mushy, relativistic void is filled primarily with a value that is materialistic at its core — score is kept by how much money you make, how much stuff you have in your house and on your back. Little value is placed on endeavours of the mind or of the heart (real charity, not virtue signalling). So yes, Islam appeals because it appears to fill that spiritual void.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Ah, right. Well said, and for the most part I agree with this. Cheers.

  • Gary

    Sorry Dawkins , but you’ve made a career out of bashing people of faith as ignorant fools with imaginary Gods.

    When the islamits come for YOU…… don’t be shocked if every person you spewed hatred at doesn’t lift a finger to rescue you.

    As much as you hated Christian’s , you should have at least been open minded enough to read those Verses from Man because ” As you sow , so shall you reap” .
    You Sir have never opened your mind to even think about Creationism as being External where a failed DNA Hybrid project had forced some peaceful entities to drop us off on Earth as an experiment , or , as the Galactic version of Botany Bay for the dregs to survive or die off.
    My gawd, when I was only 8 I would skate on a backyard rink and since it got dark by 6:00 pm , I noticed the Stars that were different from the positions in summer and wondered if we were dropped off on Earth to be picked up later on or just left here for some reason .

    Dawkins is blinded by his hatred and has yet to step off the earth to see the big picture to attack Creationism as not being from the current perceptions by the Holy Books .

    • DMB
      • Gary

        What I found very accurate in Back To The Future was when Marty went to October 1955 and got a funny look from Doc brown when he said that Einstein was the name of his dog in 1985.
        Einstein had just died in mid April 1955 and Doc must have wondered what the reason was because not enough time went by to pay respect to him in 1985 by naming his dog after him .
        There was also a link to Harold Lloyd who died in 1971 as a silent film actor that Doc would have known about but Christopher Lloyd wasn’t related to other than the homage scene with the Clock Tower .

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    • To be fair to Dawk, who I find very irritating, he has had the courage to be critical of Islam.

      I think he’s kind of Aspergery, which I think tends to preclude being politically correct.

      • H

        I agree: having the honesty and humility to admit an error is something we all have some trouble doing. And when that error concerns something of great importance to us – such as an aspect of our overall worldview – it’s even more difficult. It’s quite hard to change let alone abandon strong opinions that we may have held for a lifetime.

        (And I’ve never much liked him either – much too full of himself for my taste.)

      • Millie_Woods

        He’s preparing himself to fight to the last Christian.

      • Gary

        Right, but he doesn’t mock muslims as fools for following islam as he does for those following Christ.
        Ex-Muslim rarely mock the faith because they know that they are already apostates that the quran approves to be killed .

          • Gary

            I’m glad he finally spoke up in 2015 but it was after the Paris slaughter and SB Jihad slaughter to kill 14 Americans.

            As for the Video, I have seen it before and Mehdi Hasan is a clown and annoying twit who has mocked Christian’s as well so they both share a hatred for one group of Faith followers.

            I do stand corrected now that his December 2015 comment actually mocks the muslims as quasi-fools .
            Thank you .

    • V10_Rob

      There’s atheists, and there’s Atheists.

      The former go about their life normally.

      The later have made it their religion, practice it with all the zeal of any fundamentalist, and never pass up an opportunity to sermonize. They’re insufferable.

      • Gary

        True , and I have often made a joke about Dawkins where in 200 years from now there will be Statues of him in the Temples where his followers meet every week to read his writings and condemn those that deny him .
        But they will still say they are atheists .

  • The Butterfly

    He’s realizing this now? What a genius.

    • Xavier

      They all equivocate in the end; look at B.F. Skinner.

    • cenlacatholic

      No kidding.

  • DMB

    Think of Islam like a virus that seeks out to attack and destroy the immune system of another entity it has not yet infected. Religions such as Christianity and Judaism act like antibodies that protect the immune system from foreign bacteria and viruses such as Islam. Atheism is like a living entity with no functioning immune system. When you take away the cultural traditions and religious values that religions i.e. Christianity and Judaism had established upon a nation it becomes vulnerable to foreign and even dangerous belief systems like Islam. Atheism doesn’t replace the established cultural traditions and religious values with another one it just leaves a society or nation void of one. That is why it is now becoming more difficult as time goes on to establish what is right, wrong and what is good and evil just plenty of relativism.

  • MarcusWoodson

    It just goes to prove there are no Atheists in foxholes

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Day One of creation was the Big Bang, when the universe came into being out of nothing. Scientific discovery here harmonizes with the Bible.

  • Alain

    There is no religion that calls for the penalty of death for apostasy. Islam, wrongly called a religion, is alone in this regard.

  • Morticiaa

    Yup very true
    And on a practical level
    If travelling in southern ;France
    List at dusk in a darkening alley
    Who would up you rather run into
    6 Christian guys coming from church
    6 Islamic immigrants kneeling in the road
    To pray…scary
    Not as if anyone is safe anymore in
    Places like Marseille or other previously
    Travelled in safely at any hour in southern France
    And soon many Islamic ghettos in Canada

  • John

    Western civilization is so intertwined with Christianity that it becomes impossible to understand our culture when Christianity is removed from the portrait.

    How, for example, can Western kids in their 20s, raised in completely secular households, understand the interior of a cathedral? The symbolism is all lost on them. The stations of the cross are meaningless depictions of some ‘guy’. The saints portrayed on the stained glass windows are complete strangers. They are ‘confronted’ by buildings, structures and works of art that are totally alien.

  • Elizabeth

    I’ll be darned. A moment of honesty and reality from the famous atheist. Reminded me of those rare moments when you see Bill Maher speak honestly and clearly about Islam and Christianity.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Actually, Bill Maher – who I often cannot stand mainly because of his views on religion in general – actually understands the dangers of Islam and consistently speaks about it, even when unpopular.

      • Elizabeth

        I guess I didn’t phrase my thoughts correctly. That’s exactly what I meant…that Maher DOES get it as far as Islam is concerned and occasionally even defends Christianity, in comparison to Islam.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          Yeah, you said “rare” moments when in fact it is practically all moments for Bill Maher. 🙂

          • Elizabeth

            I did indeed say it that way. But I meant the rare times when I’ve heard him defend Christianity. I’ll change my wording!

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Nitpicking done. Thankfully, I frequently rarely do that out here. 🙂

          • Elizabeth

            🙂