Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I’ve been in equal parts inspired by Jon Ronson’s TV show about attending the Alpha Course, Adam Rutherford’s blog (although it’s not really a blog) at The Guardian on the same subject, and a little bit of dialog I’ve had on new friend Graham Smith’s blog GrahamInTheRoom in response to his post “Camping it up- Dawkins style!” to actually get hold of a copy of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion” and read it to see what all the fuss is about.
It seems only polite.
Perhaps even more ambitiously, I’m going to attempt to scribble down a few of my thoughts down as I go which I’m happy to share here.
Don’t expect them to be coherent, definitive or especially enlightening, but I’ll try my best to be at least make them honest.
Now, although I’ll make every effort to be balanced, I come to this with some baggage of my own.
Right of the bat, you have to understand that I’m a follower of Jesus…a Christian.
From what I’ve seen & read of Dawkins so far I’ve found him quite mocking and cynical – at least as much as he is skeptical. I’m also slightly suspicious that his associations with projects The Atheist Bus campaign and Camp Quest UK have as much to do with promoting his book sales as anything else.
I also have to fight against responding to his cynicism with cynicism of my own.
(Like: Be careful with the RichardDawkins.net site. If anything ever needed a shot of Intelligent Design, this is it!)
So…in attempt to counter my prejudice, here’s a little vid in which he’s perfectly charming and warm.
No promises – but, I’ll try and do the whole book. Hope I don’t stop with this pre-amble alone!