Saturday, February 16, 2013
Richard Dawkins’ Flatulence
I feel sorry for the Pope and all old Catholic priests. Imagine having a wasted life to look back on and no sex.
Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Resident Scholar in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University addresses Dawkins’ dismissal of a life of faith in a concise essay titled Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason, and does so adroitly. Beckwith ends his essay as follows.
But given his diminished understanding of reason, Dawkins must deny that even he can issue such judgments by means of his rational powers. Consequently, on Dawkins’ own account of reason, his verdict on the pope’s life is the cerebral equivalent of covert flatulence gone terribly wrong: not silent and not deadly.