Yesterdays Christchurch Press ran an article entitled ‘The Greatest Atheist on Earth’ to publicise the impending arrival in town of one: Richard Dawkins – here to promote his latest book ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ - the week after next.
As the world’s greatest-known-living person espousing the virtues of living-a-life without belief in gods and the absurdity & dangers of religion, Dawkins must naturally by right, display in abundance all the attributes attributed to atheists.
That’s to say he’s must be an ungodly low-life in need of saving himself from himself.
One would expect the life of Planet Earths Greatest Atheist to be littered with ribald tales of his personal life, drug abuse, violence, brushes with the law etc.
But instead anyone who knows anything about Dawkins knows he is man of integrity and a powerhouse intellectual.
There is no dirt on Dawkins – no scandal.
In particular there’s nothing in his past to titillate the tabloids and for theists to scorn.
The World’s Greatest Atheist is instead a role model - a man whose intellect and contribution to the betterment of mankind’s knowledge is something to envy & behold.
His work in the field of evolutionary biology & evolutionary psychology makes him a world leader.
Here’s something for you to ponder.......
Over the entire history of mankind - name me one Church leader that has contributed to the knowledge of where we as humans came from & what makes us human - in same manner and with the same veracity as Richard Dawkins?