Dawkins’ new documentary

This month saw the release of a new Dawkins related documentary called The Genius of Charles Darwin - you can read more about it here or just download the torrents here. My criticism of Dawkins has always been that he’s so hardcore about his disdain for religion it turns off many religious fence sitters who might be more receptive to a moderate atheist message. Yeah, I know the whole ‘moderate atheism will be the death of us all’ tack, but all I’m saying is some people need to get into the pool at their own pace rather than be shoved in.

Anyway, here’s a review of the documentary from another atheist who isn’t quite sold on Dawkin’s style. One interesting passage from his review:

He appears slightly ill at ease around children, though. He visited a school to spread the word about Darwin. Before he entered the classroom there was a puzzling shot, which lasted several seconds, of Dawkins peering through the window in the door at the oblivious pupils, as if they were some mysterious new species.

When he did get around to addressing them, he was either stiffly earnest or unconvincingly pally, like some brilliant but remote uncle you might find in a Narnia book. Although, of course, you couldn’t put Dawkins in a Narnia book or he’d be forever lecturing the Pevensie children about the non-existence of Aslan.

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    Atheist

    Take part in Be proud and confess! New ITV documentary. Atheist

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    quantum_flux

    I watched that, it was really good :)

    Please tell the McCain/Palin Campaign (preferrably politely) why teaching creationism in our public schools around America is superstitious and is not in our nation’s best interests. These are the feelers McCain has out there, the way in which Americans can have a voice and be heard by his campaign:

    Contact his campaign directly here:

    http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

    Or go to his blogs and leave a polite message about the subject matter wherever appropriate:

    http://www.johnmccain.com/blog/

    Remember, McCain does a lot of things right and is a great heroic war veteran who genuinely puts his country first, but Creationism is one key area where he is completely wrong and could potentially create a major setback for American students and businesses. We can’t let America fall behind foriegn countries in the departments of Science and Technology because of his superstitious beliefs.

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    Reverend CLint

    I see nothing wrong or all that hardcore about this documentary. Its a series about evolution and how logical it is.

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    jessica

    “My criticism of Dawkins has always been that he’s so hardcore about his disdain for religion that it turns off a lot of religious fence sitters who might be more receptive to a more moderate atheist message. Yeah, I know the whole ‘moderate atheism will be the death of us all’ tack, but all I’m saying is some people need to get into the pool at their own pace rather than getting shoved in.”

    I couldn’t have put it better myself. People like Dawkins and PZ Myers are just too angry for me. I mean I agree with them, but everything they say and do seems more like an attack rather than a reasonable suggestion. Sometimes I feel as if they give atheists this aura of anger and hate, which is most often not the case.

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    Jacob Fortin

    They should totally be Good…like me!!!

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    Courtney

    I’ve never understood this misconception that Dawkins and Myers are angry. Religion has more right to criticism than Obama or McCain (they havn’t killed millions of people to my knowledge). Don’t support the taboo that peoples religious beliefs shouldn’t be criticised or ridiculed (You deserve to be mocked just much (well more really) for believing in Noah’s Ark as you do for believing Elvis faked his death).

    And Jacob you can be good when you do another podcast.

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