i was interested to read in my newspaper this morning that Richard Dawkins is to establish The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, a charitable trust that will promote his militant atheism in British schools. Whilst i am always suspicious of any ‘ministry’ that takes its name from its founder, in principle I have no objection to this. Broadly speaking I trust our teachers to take the materials offered and use them in a balanced and sensible way.
What struck me especially about this story was the sense of victimhood it conveyed.
“The enlightenment is under threat,” he said. “So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America. I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance. We even have to go out on the attack ourselves, for the sake of reason and sanity. But it must be a positive attack, for science and reason have so much to give.”
Strangely, there is much here with which I feel most Christians could make common cause. Who hasn’t gone into a bookshop and been dismayed at the mass of what passes for ’spirituality’ these days? Somehow, though, I doubt that Prof Dawkins would be all that keen to have our support.