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.