This is a vulgar topic about a vulgar word. The term atheist is much like the various expletives used to berate and marginalize a fellow human being. It certainly isn’t a name or title one would give to themselves. It’s a derogatory term used by the religious and spiritual. A slander by the non-skeptical and the believers. It is now being embraced in defiance by non-believers in God or gods which may warrant a bit of trend monging trepidation.
The Iroquois called the Tsalagi tribes people Cherokee (cave dwellers) and it stuck. Slave owning whites called Africans Niggers and now Africans refer to each other as such. It stuck. Must we flip the meaning of words so… flippantly. For instance; blanko which you would think means black actually means “white” in Spanish. North and South poles switch polarities so why call them the same things when they have moved.
I think Richard Dawkins grossly under-estimates how dumb dumb dumb Americans really are. Even the smart ones are just plain …dumb.
Any idiot can be an “Atheist”. Instead let’s strive to be “Skeptics”. A skeptic can exist in almost any social capacity to resist fundamentalism on a plethora of levels.
This crafty Creationist of an interviewer is simply asking leading questions to corner his victims into paradox. There is no inquiry just tactic. The technique is to combine the vernacular with the precise. The word that is screwing everyone up is “believe”. You can not believe evolution to be true – only understand it. It is the understanding of evolution that marginalizes God, not the belief in evolution.
Re: “Change of kind.” That’s like asking to demonstrate how a root changes into a leaf. He’s just ignoring the time frame of millions of years. Hell, we can’t even perceive the motion of the hour hand of a clock let alone perceive time in millions of years. BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE US DENY TIME.
Richard Dawkin’s coins these folks as history deniers with rightful cause. I say that when pressed for this sort of IMMEDIATE PROOF of evolution – tell them to go stare at the hour hand of a clock. Better to waste their time than yours.
Creationists aren’t stupid. They are everything they claim atheists to be. They are trying to hijack science as their method of operation in name alone. Wordplay and philosophical trickery are not the tools of science.
The Atheist Experience Podcast from Austin Texas interviewed the creator of Evolution vs God. Matt Dillahunty does a great job (as usual) debating Ray Comfort on Christianity. Amazing how a production comes off when there’s no editing involved. David Blaine and Chris Angel uses the same editing technique. Amusing how easy it is to get folks to believe in nothing.
Rant: A bunch of saying nothing with fancy graphics and clever editing. Vision: Old Soviet Russia has shelves with wheat and sugar plainly marked and without brand. America has wheat and sugar in endless combinations and brands. Amusement park line morphs into food line flooded with starving children.