This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/15/john-crace-digested-read

Imagine you are a history teacher who is forced to give equal time to the theory that the Holocaust never happened. Many science teachers today are in a similar situation when they expound evolution: 40% of Americans believe the creation story, and the numbers are rising in this country because of the Islamist presence. This book is not intended to be anti-religion. Some of my best friends are theologians and although they are hopelessly deluded, even they can't deny evolution is an irrefutable fact. It's the only game in town. There is no God but me.

Why did it take so long for a Dawkins to arrive on the scene? Let's get one thing straight. Brilliant as we both are, I didn't evolve from Darwin. One species does not evolve from another: they merely share a common ancestor. For Darwin and myself, the ancestor is that fool Plato, who scuppered any intelligent discussion of the origins of life for two millennia with his idea that each species has a perfect form.

Partly thanks to Darwin, but largely to me, we can now dispense with this proto-theist, Blairite nonsense. There is a universal gene pool, and new species appear by a shuffling of the gene pack. End of story. God (not that there is one), I'm tired of repeating this stuff. I expect you're tired of reading it, too. Oh, you're not reading it. But as I have a dominant megalomania gene, I'd better continue.
...
Continue reading
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/15/john-crace-digested-read

TAGGED: BOOKS, REVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS


RELATED CONTENT

Does this set a record for smug...

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net Comments

Does this set a record for smug nastiness?

Playboy Interview with Richard Dawkins

Chip Rowe - Playboy Comments

Playboy Interview with Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins gets it right. Sarah...

Eric MacDonald - Choice in Dying Comments

Richard Dawkins gets it right. Sarah Wollaston misunderstands.

[update to a previous article] Richard...

Hamish MacDonnell - The Independent Comments

Some church groups have expressed disappointment at the decision to invite leading atheist Richard Dawkins to speak at an island book festival.

Rats Manipulated to be Attracted to Cats

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net Comments

Rats Manipulated to be Attracted to Cats

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 25 - 26...

- - Ancestors Trail Walk Comments

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 26 AUGUST 2012 - event begins on Saturday 25 August

MORE

MORE BY JOHN CRACE

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

John Crace - The Guardian 130 Comments

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment