British academic Richard Dawkins has been a scientist in the public eye for many decades, but it wasn’t until the publication of his 2006 book “The God Delusion” that the man became a household name. Given his harsh criticism of religion (famously referring to the God of Christianity and Judaism as “arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction”), you wouldn’t expect him to offer any praise of Christianity, but as Islam continues to spread globally at a record pace, Dawkins is reconsidering a role for Christianity.
Most people seem to erroneously think that all religions are more or less the same, simply because they’re all in the category of “religion.” of course, nobody would assume that all books, or all movies are the same simply because they’re in the same category of “book” or “movie.” Even if we’re to concede to the liberal argument that all religions have their crazies, no where is violent radicalization as prevalent in Islam.
Christian anti-abortion extremists have only killed eleven people in the history of legal abortion. That’s what ISIS calls a “bad day.”
Despite spending years criticizing Christianity, well-known atheist Richard Dawkins is now admitting that Christianity is much better than Islam.
Dawkins even conceded that “Christianity may actually be our best defense against aberrant forms of religion that threaten the world,” according to The Gospel Herald.
Dawkins noted that Christianity, unlike Islam, does not make use of violent methods to fulfill its teachings. “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death,” he said.
He admitted that he has “mixed feelings” concerning the decline of Christianity, because this faith-based group might just be “a bulwark against something worse.”
The atheist reasoned that he constantly attacked Christianity in the past simply because it is the religion he is most familiar with, having attended Christian schools while growing up. Even though he was born in Africa, Dawkins and his family moved to England when he was nine years old.
Even Dawkins realizes that people have a natural inkling toward belief in something (how else are we to explain the fact that the overwhelming majority of people throughout history – and alive today – believe in some higher power, even if they’re irreligious?).
Rather than being anti-religion for the sake of being anti-religion, it appears that Dawkins views have taken a shift into prioritizing his attacks on religions that do the most harm, and he knows he’s more likely to dissuade people from a particular religion than convert them to atheists.
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