Holier than thou

'The God Delusion', is an enjoyable polemic against faith in god. I agree with Richard Dawkins that the best scientific explanations of the world are superior to god-based supernatural explanations. I begin to diverge from Dawkins when he makes the claim that being an atheist makes you a better person than if you have faith in God. Just because you're right, doesn't make you a better person!

I would go as far as saying that being an atheist doesn't necessarily make you any worse than anyone else, but it doesn't necessarily make you any better either.

Jehova's witnesses occassionally call at my door. I'm pleased that they do, and we have a conversation about what we believe about the world. I explain that I take religious texts in two parts, physics and morality. The physics part of all religions I've heard of is rubbish. Souls, spirits, virgin births, God etc. are really bad explanations compared to quantum mechanics, evolution etc. The morality part of religions is a mixed bag. I think 'do as you would be done by' is a pretty good idea. A lot of the other stuff is a bit grim though.


  1. I do not think Dawkin's ever makes a claim about the superiority of atheism, in terms of being a 'better person'. He only claims organised religions can be detrimental to society but also freely admits people like Stalin\Hitler, alleged Atheists (debatable), didn't necessarily have religious incentives for their attrocities. I believe he actually steers away from 'betterness.' His stance, I believe, is along the lines that organised theism is perhaps more detrimental than human propensity.

  2. The Mosques of Istanbul, Handel's Messiah, illuminated manuscripts, Aretha Franklin and Sun Ra, the printing press, feasts, festivals, collosseums, cathedrals, pyramids and terracotta armies... it's astonishing what people can do when they have a God who's bigger than they are. Religion doesn't only bring out the worst in humans.

    Dawkins is an idiot. If he had his way we'd all be living in Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil'.