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Monday, January 30, 2006

Peter Bowditch drops the ball

Peter Bowditch, owner of the excellent Millenium Project, a site that concentrates on medical quackery, has dropped the ball I'm afraid. At the end of a (deservedly) elogious review of Dawkins' TV show "The Root of All Evil?", he says the following :

I do have one small quibble with the consistency of Professor Dawkins' opinions, though. He seems to believe that nothing good or even useful has ever come or could ever come from religion. I wonder if when he is walking around the grounds of his employer, Oxford University, he ever gives a thought to who might have started the teaching there in 1096.

Is Bowditch seriously saying that religion was needed for the establishment of Oxford University, or that such an establishment has anything to do with the pseudo-values of Christianity (which include despising wordly knowledge) ? Can atheists not found establishments of higher learning ? Bowditch dramatically dropped the ball on an otherwise great review.

Has anything good ever come from religious people ? Yes, of course. Has anything good ever come out of religion ? Never.

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At 1/30/2006 6:08 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I mostly agree with you, except for religious art. And I know we've had this discussion before, and it's the knife's edge of a difference between whether it's the belief or the person at the root of it. I'd give religion maybe 1% of the credit in this case, though.

At 2/28/2006 10:01 PM, Blogger Untimely declaimed...

Your proposition would stand on firmer ground by quoting a turd instead of known flunky Peter Bowditch



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