Gnu atheists insist that Christianity and science are incompatible. Because of this template, they both call on scientists to join their war against Christianity and disparage scientists for not joining their war (See Dawkins video starting at 11:00 minutes and Victor Stenger’s attack on scientists ). One Gnu activist, Jerry Coyne, uses this template to launch continuous attacks on Francis Collins while praising Richard Dawkins. So that made me wonder. Just who has contributed more scientific knowledge to humanity? Francis Collins, who is an evangelical Christian? Or Richard Dawkins, who is the most famous atheist in the world?
Luckily for us, we can access their CVs on the internet.
Here is Francis Collins’ CV (warning: pdf file):
Here is Richard Dawkins’ CV(warning: pdf file) :
According to Collins’ CV, he has published 384 scientific papers from 1971 to 2007.
According to Dawkins’ CV, he has published 85 Articles and Small Books from 1968 to 2005.
This translates as Collins’ contributing an average of 10.3 scientific papers per year, while Dawkins contributed 2.3 articles and small books per year.
Among Dawkins’ 85 Articles and Small Books, I judged 34 to be promoting atheism and thus refer to this as “fluff.” Representative examples among these 34 are:
- R. Dawkins (2004) What Use is Religion? Part 2, Free Inquiry
August/September 2004, Volume 24: Issue 5, 11-12.
- R Dawkins (2002) A Challenge to Atheists: Come out of the Closet, Free
Inquiry, Summer 2002 Volume 22: Issue 4, 40-43.
- R. Dawkins (1992). Lions 10, Christians Nil. New Humanist, 107, 2-3.
So let’s plot their respective publication records on a yearly basis, where I’ll split Dawkins scientific articles from his atheist “fluff”. The results are below the fold:
Clearly, Collins has contributed more scientific knowledge to humanity than Dawkins. In fact, we would be on more solid ground in arguing that Gnu activism is incompatible with science.