Richard Dawkins wants to be the devil's chaplain and in his latest book, "A Devil's Chaplain", he leaves no doubt about his antipathy towards all forms of theistic belief, Christianity in particular and especially Roman Catholicism. As a militant atheist, Dawkins is living out the inevitable consequences of the Darwinian world view: The evolutionary perspective is left with the universe as nothing more than a silent box empty of all meaning, intention and design. Everything within the box must be explained in terms of purely naturalistic materials and processes. The cosmos and everything within it is nothing more than a marvellous -if often malevolent- accident of nature. Frightening his question in "Gaps in the Mind": "What's so special about humans", where he criticises the so-called "speciesists" for differentiating between humans and animals. He laments their assumption that the life of a single human child is worth more than the lives of all the gorillas in the world. "A Devil's Chaplain", a collection of some of Professor Dawkins favourite essays, reviews and addresses in one volume loses scientific credibility by being used merely as a propaganda platform from which to launch his venomous, hateful attack against Christianity and Roman Catholicism in particular, by labelling it an intellectual virus. Religious believers are inhabitants of "suckerdom" and religious beliefs are the product of "malignant infection". He boldly identifies atheism as the only credible intellectual option in the modern era. Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University in Tallahassee, a personal friend of Professor Dawkins, writes in "Through a Glass, Darkly": "...Essentially what ties this volume ("A Devil's Chaplain") together is the crusade of nonbelief, for just about every piece carries this same message.....I would like to see Dawkins take Christianity as seriously as he undoubtedly expects Christianity to take Darwinism." After a rather disappointing rollercoaster of a book I can only quote Michael Ruse:"As Saint Paul said: 'Now we see through a glass darkly.' That apparently includes Richard Dawkins." I give it 2 stars.
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