Going After God

Dawkins and Harris get all up in the divine grill:

“But when God is taken away, what fills the gap? Sam Harris suggests that we can still use ritual to mark the big moments in life without ’embracing the preposterous.’ Richard Dawkins is less conciliatory: ‘Maybe life is empty,’ he suggests. ‘There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else (parents in the case of children, God in the case of adults) has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point.’ Instead, he explains, our lives are as meaningful as we choose to make them. He illustrates this point of view with a quote from James Watson, the Nobel Prize winner who helped discover the structure of DNA: ‘Well, I don’t think we’re for anything. We’re just products of evolution. You can say ‘Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don’t think there’s a purpose.’ But I’m anticipating having a good lunch.'”

Comments

  1. Or how about this:
    “But I’m anticipating having a good lunch…And then a good romp with my secretary, followed by an executive order that will bring the death of 10 of my political enemies and the slaughter of their families. This is how I am making my life meaningful.”

    I kinda yearn for the day when the prophets of the God of Godless Evolution are derided in the public square for what they truly are: enablers of the worst kind of violence, tyranny, and evil.

    Hopefully their anti-deistic version of reality will be slowly dismantled by the more honest, theistically friendly cosmology being built by quantum physics. If only we might read in the press how outmoded Dawkin’s mechanistic philosophy truly is…but yeah, the Kuhnian death of the old guard has to take place, and all that.

    On the other hand, The Purposeless Driven Life sounds like a good book title. 40 days of Purposelessness. Of course, you can’t do much evolutionary science in that time…but, it might renew some Unitarian congregations (rimshot!).

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