Why does Richard Dawkins terrorize kids with nihilistic pessimism?

Many atheists I have spoken to over the years have been quick to assert that teaching the Christian doctrine of Hell is psychological warfre, child abuse, torture, or worse.

But what about atheism itself?


“A foreign publisher of my first book confessed the he could not sleep for three nights after reading it, so troubled was he by what he saw as its cold, bleak message. Others have asked me how I can bear to get up in the mornings. A teacher from a distant country wrote to me reproachfully that a pupil had come to him in tears after reading the same book, because it had persuaded her that life was empty and purposeless. He advised her not to show the book to any of her friends, for fear of contaminating them with the same nihilistic pessimism.”

Richard Dawkins Unweaving the Rainbow (London: Allen Lane / The Penguin Press, 1998)


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8 replies

  1. Insightful, no doubt, regarding Dawkins’ blatant inconsistencies. This common claim is a rhetorical ploy to slander your opponent, but as we have seen it’s rather self defeating.

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    • Thanks for the comment.

      Atheists always claim that Christians have to threaten people with the “horrible and immoral” Hell in order to coerce them into belief which is not true.

      What they fail to realize is that atheism is more dark, bleak, and horrible than Hell.

      Here’s more from Dawkins.

      “In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice.

      The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares.

      DNA just is.

      And we dance to its music.”

      Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995)


    • By the way, good work standing up to Ark over at your place.

      He has passion in spades and can wear a person out but when what he says is broken down, it’s just a bunch of nonsense that has been soundly refuted too many times to count.

      He is the perfect example of someone who will not believe, no matter what anyone says or what evidence is presented. He needs the Holy Spirit or he will continue in defiance as long as he lives.



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