Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Why won't Dawkins debate?
Maybe i'm being closed-minded? Or maybe i'm just not thinking clearly? But it just seems so incredibly strange to me that Richard Dawkins, the best-selling author of books like The God Delusion, will not debate Creationists or Intelligent Design advocates. Here's the indisputable facts:
1. Richard Dawkins is today's leading atheist (in popularity, not necessarily in quality of arguments)
2. Richard Dawkins has impeccable credentials in his field
3. Richard Dawkins has been publishing books on evolution and atheism for over 3 decades
4. Richard Dawkins, with his University job aside, has made a career out of promoting his evolutionary and atheistic beliefs
5. Richard Dawkins writes entire books on subjects that he refuses to debate.
6. Richard Dawkins flies all over the world talking "smack" on major media outlets about the people that he refuses to debate
I'm sure I could name more. But given all of this, is Dawkins being a little inconsistent in how much time he devotes to criticizing ID'rs both on TV and in print, and yet refuses to interact with them?
The similar comparison would go as follows: I think the concept of a flat earth is at the height of absurdity. And its so absurd that I would find it a complete waste of time to write books on the subject or fly all over the world talking about it. But what if I spent three decades writing books, giving lectures, and appearing on major media outlets on the subject? Given such a "silly" subject, would I look equally as silly in refusing to interact with those whom I spent three decades criticizing?
To me, this is exactly what Dawkins is doing. If creationism and intelligent design is so silly, then stop writing books about it. If creationists and intelligent design advocates are just a bunch of nut-case "history deniers," then you should leave it alone just like i'd leave the flat earth "issue" alone.
Its one thing to write books promoting your position. But its another to write books and appear on TV against a perspective and then refusing to interact with them.