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The author of the God Delusion responds to Tony Blair's article on faith in last week's New Statesman:
“The Blair Foundation will work to leverage mutual respect and understanding between seemingly incompatible faith traditions”
After all, despite our differences, we do have one important thing in common: all of us in the faith communities hold firm beliefs in the total absence of evidence, which leaves us free to believe anything we like. So, at the very least, we can be united in claiming a privileged role for all these private beliefs in the formulation of public policy.
I hope this letter will have shown you some of the reasons why you might consider supporting Tony’s Foundation. Because hey, let’s face it, a world without religion doesn’t have a prayer. With so many of the world’s problems caused by religion, what better solution could there possibly be than to promote yet more of it?
the most widespread misunderstanding about Darwinism [i]s the idea that, in evolution, “everything happens by chance”. This common claim is flat wrong – obviously wrong, transparently wrong, even to the meanest intelligence (a phrase that has me actively restraining myself). If evolution worked by chance, it obviously couldn’t work at all. Unfortunately, instead of working out that they have probably misunderstood evolution, creationists conclude, instead, that evolution must be false. This one misunderstanding, single-handed, accounts for much of the uncomprehending opposition to evolution...
It would be Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday on February 12, 2009 -- which will also be the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On The Origin of Species. It is time therefore to revive the old God debate between creationism and evolution, which gives me an excuse to also post this short little exchange dating back to November 2006 between Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson, where Tyson took Dawkins to task for his methods: