The Trouble With Atheism

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The problem with atheism is a documentary of one hour on Atheism, Rod Liddle by. Aired on Channel 4 December 2006. The documentary focused on criticizing atheism and science, by its perceived similarity to the religion and the arrogance and intolerance. The program includes interviews with a number of prominent scientists, including atheists Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne. It also includes an interview with Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists.

Liddle’s documentary begins surveying most common criticisms of religion, particularly anti-religious arguments based on the prevalence of religious violence. He argues that the “stupid human longing for certainty and justification”, not religion, is to blame for this violence and that atheism is becoming as dogmatic as religion.

To support his thesis, Liddle presents numerous examples of actions and words by atheists, who holds a direct parallel of religious attitudes. Atkins and Dawkins is characterized as “fundamentalist atheists” and “evangelists”.

In response to calls atheistic science as a superior method for understanding the world that religion, Liddle argues that science itself is similar to religion: “The problem for atheists is that science can not be further from the religion as you can imagine. “

He describes the Fermilab, a Department of Energy National Laboratory focused on particle physics as a “temple of science” and characterizes Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species as a “sacred text” for atheists.

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