CNN: Why do people cling to these beliefs of creationism and intelligent design?
Dawkins: There are many very educated people who are religious but they’re not creationists. There’s a world of difference between a serious religious person and a creationist, and especially a Young Earth Creationist, who thinks the world is only 10,000 years old.
Stop the presses! I don’t think PZ Myers, Jerry Coyne, and Sam Harris would agree there’s a world of difference between a serious religious person and a creationist. If there is disagreement about this among the Gnu leaders, why do they keep it secret? Why doesn’t Dawkins spell out this world of difference so we can see if Myers, Harris, and Coyne agree? On the other hand, since this is a CNN interview, Dawkins might be trying to create the illusion there is no “Gnu vs. Accomodationist” battle. It’s the “we atheists have no problem with very educated people who are religious” misdirection intended for wider public consumption.
And also, by the way, in believing that Jesus is your lord and savior who died for your sins. That you may believe, but that doesn’t follow from the scientific or perhaps pseudoscientific that there’s some kind of intelligence that underlies the laws of physics.
What you cannot really logically do is to say, well I believe that there’s some kind of intelligence, some kind of divine physicist who designed the laws of physics, therefore Jesus is my lord and savior who died for my sins. That’s an impermissible illogicality that unfortunately many people resort to.
Straw man alert! I have never met a Christian who argues, “I believe that there’s some kind of intelligence, some kind of divine physicist who designed the laws of physics, therefore Jesus is my lord and savior who died for my sins.” Dawkins says “many people resort” to this “impermissible illogicality.” If I was the journalist, instead of treating him like a Hollywood celebrity, I would have asked, “Can you name one?”
Word of advice to Gnus – when Dawkins describes Christian thinking like this, it’s hard for us Christians to take him as a serious intellectual on these matters.