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Intelligence, humour and a little mystery have always been a powerful aphrodisiac.

The voice must be part of it too. Maybe he should start his next lecture with "Dhinng, dhonng." and a salacious wink to the front row.

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 12:10:00 UTC | #9781

Go to: A Modest Proposal for a Truce on Religion

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"Now that the Christian Right has largely retreated from the culture wars..."

What? Are you blind? How, exactly, has the Religious Right retreated from the culture wars? If by this you mean that people have voted out Republicans from office in Congress in the US, how the fucking hell does this show that the Religious Right itself has retreated? Can someone either let me know what this guy is talking about, or show me what crackpipe he's hitting?

Sun, 03 Dec 2006 02:27:00 UTC | #9672

Go to: The God of the Bible is No Delusion!

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Walter asks "Why has (mainstream) religion not long ago assimilated evolution as it has the Copernican model of the solar system?"

They have. Creationists are a large a vocal minority, not the mainstream. Many sects, perhaps even most, accept evolution with some degree of direction from God.

Catholics, for example, allow for the possibility that the physical body evolved, but insist that if it did it did so under God's direction and at any rate the soul was a special creation.

There's a fairly good overview here: http://www.religioustolerance.org/ev_denom.htm

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 02:19:00 UTC | #8406

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As to the statistic that 95% of Americans believe in god, I don't doubt that, but remember that the majority of those are not evangelical or southern baptist and their views more closely resemble those of biologist Ken Miller in his Colbert appearance:

http://www.millerandlevine.com/talks/colbert.html

I was reminded of Miller's appearance when I saw the Dawkins' segment.

On another note, I always worry about people outside of the US seeing the Colbert Report and, missing the social context in the US, assuming it is anything but an over-the-top satire of the conservative media. I know some will get the concept, but to many it must be a frightening (if untrue) confirmation of their worst stereotypes about the country.

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 18:56:00 UTC | #7892

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Great article, Mr. Dawkins. I look forward to reading your new book. If only humanity could discard these primitive mythologies. Here it is, the 21st century and people still think there's an invisible man in the sky watching you. God is Santa Claus for adults. Both live far, far away in some magical place. Both keep track of your good and evil deeds. Both promise to reward or punish you according to these deeds. Both will not come until your asleep(or dead). I wish these people would grow up and realize this stuff is a bunch of fairy tales.

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 14:45:00 UTC | #5541

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