Richard Dawkins goes to Heaven
By PZ MYERS - PHARYNGULA
Added: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:24:47 UTC
Here is the last of Anthony Horvath's ghastly morality tales. This one is the easiest to summarize, because there isn't much to say about it: Richard Dawkins dies, goes to heaven, is judged, and sent to hell. It's short, only seven pages long, and five of them are spent in loving description of the disintegration of Dawkins. It's nothing but a horror story for Christians in which the bad guy meets a grisly end.
The blurb for the book declares that "these stories draw from what is known publicly to imagine what would happen in this most private of moments." Yet there is essentially nothing informed about these stories; the author is either completely ignorant of the personalities of his subjects, or is utterly lacking in the ability to portray a personality as something more than cardboard. Mother Teresa is simply weak and tearful; Antony Flew is slow and confused; and now Richard Dawkins is portrayed as rude and arrogant, and nothing more. Reading the story and actually knowing something about Dawkins' personality, this person was jarringly non-Dawkins-like; Horvath is instead marching Colonel Blimp to his doom.
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