Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In ...
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Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In this thought-provoking series, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins asks what happens if we leave religion behind. He explores what reason and science might offer to inspire and guide our lives in religion's place. Can science bring understanding in the face of death, help us tell right from wrong, or reveal the meaning of life?Written by
I wholeheartedly agree with Prof. Dawkins. I have read several of his books which are uniformly interesting, informative & thought provoking. His failing however is that he places too much faith in his fellow human beings. I am regularly surprised at what people believe. I once had a discussion with a woman who believed in God & I ended by saying she may just as well believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden. Her husband pulled me aside later & told me that she did in fact believe in fairies. I kid you not.
This documentary series presents a very balanced argument from both sides of the God debate & shows how religion can motivate good people to do a lot of good things. It also presents reasons why we don't (or should not) need religion to cause us to be able to live together harmoniously.I think this series is a big step in the right direction but relying on the general populace to think for themselves in a critical way is just asking too much of them. Most of us are happy to go with the flock & are terrified of standing out as different.
What I have never been able to understand, & would like to have seen explored more in this documentary, is how thoughtful & intelligent people such as scientists can follow a religious faith.On one hand their profession promotes an evidence based belief in science, & on the other hand religion promotes belief in magic. How in God's name do they reconcile those two belief systems?
A Blind Watchmaker indeed.
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