Destroying people like Dawkins is a simple
Task in such arguments and a bit unfair on him. Hes a good biologist but that's it, he is not acquainted with other standards of knowledge, philosophy, history, philosophy of science etc.
It would be more accurate to say that the minority fundamentalist point of view of the 'literal creationist' has attempted to distance itself from the modern mainstream Christian 'god of the gaps' perspective.
The 'god in the gaps' belief is absolutely fundamental to modern Christianity.
Of course it's absolutely fundamental to religion and why humanity felt the need to invent religion to find ways to explain the gaps in our knowledge in the first place.
Which is why the majority of mainstream Christianity has completely accepted Evolution as fact and worked it into their ideology.
That's how a religion survives and remains relevant in an evolving society, not by clinging to a belief that allegorical creation myths are actually literal truths and denying the progress of proven scientific fact
But this isn't "news".
This rise of militant fundamentalist literal creationism is a modern US led problem, which is completely at odds with the 'progress' that Christianity has made in the last few hundred years culminating in public acceptance of evolution, even if only as a 'tool' of divine creation.
What the fundamentalists have done in response to this progress within the mainstream church is to decide to distance themselves as far as possible by publically embracing the most obvious allegories as literal fact.
Gods forbid they should ever feel that they have 'won' against science, they would surely then be emboldened and start to embrace other even more unsavory literal interpretations of scripture!
These people are a Christian version of the Taliban. No better than that. While their power is weak they might smile and be pleasant, but they are dangerous deniers of progress who given any opportunity would be as 'good' for Christainity as the Taliban are for Islam.
But as I say, thankfully they are simply a vocal minority who must be opposed. Again, thankfully the mainstream faiths are already doing this, the Church of England even went so far as to issue an official appoloogy to Charles Darwin conceding in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin's ideas. It will call "anti-evolutionary fervour" an "indictment" on the Church".
You say that Dawkins isn't acquainted with "other standards of knowledge, philosophy, history, philosophy of science etc". Well his 'creationist' opponents most surely are not! Fundamentalist 'theology' is hardly a worthy opponent is it?
Edited by Atlantia, 14 October 2012 - 11:42 AM.