Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dawkins in Time 100

Every year Time magazine come out with their 100 most influential people of the year. Thinking it would spice up this year's, they asked Dr. Michael J. Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box and the forthcoming The Edge of Evolution, to write the blurb about Dr. Richard Dawkins, author of the recent The God Delusion, among other books.

Though the piece has been edited, it is still a good piece:

Of Richard Dawkins' nine books, none caused as much controversy or sold as well as last year's The God Delusion. The central idea—popular among readers and deeply unsettling among proponents of intelligent design like myself—is that religion is a so-called virus of the mind, a simple artifact of cultural evolution, no more or less meaningful than eye color or height.

It is a measure of the artful way Dawkins, 66, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford, tells a tale and the rigor he brings to his thinking that even those of us who profoundly disagree with what he has to say can tip our hats to the way he has invigorated the larger debate.

Dawkins had a mild Anglican youth but at 16 discovered Charles Darwin and believed he'd found a pearl of great price. I believe his new book follows much less from his data than from his premises, and yet I admire his determination. Concerning the big questions, the Bible advises us to be hot or cold but not lukewarm. Whatever the merit of his ideas, Richard Dawkins is not lukewarm.


The article and an accompanying drawing (not drawn by Behe) can be found here.

1 comment:

Michael Krahn said...

Hey,

I'm a Christian who is working on a series on Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" at my blog at:

http://michaelkrahn.wordpress.com/richard-dawkins/

Join me there for some discussion.