Richard Dawkins, the Secular Christian

Dawkins admits to being a “secular Christian”:

“I would describe myself as a secular Christian in the same sense as secular Jews have a feeling for nostalgia and ceremonies,” said Dawkins.

“But I am a secular Christian, if you want to call me that.”

It is true that Dawkins adheres to many of the values of the Christian worldview. So in that sense, it is true he is a “secular Christian.”

Dawkins also seems to have another belief that doesn’t seem to fit very well with his belligerent materialism:

“I think there are always paths not taken but if a different path is taken, I think there is a magnetic pull. There is a sort of something that pulls you back to the pathway having taken a fork in the road.”

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2 Responses to Richard Dawkins, the Secular Christian

  1. Niophe says:

    “secular Christian”

    Isn’t this an oxymoron?

    “Christian” isn’t an ethnoreligious term like “Jew” is.

  2. TFBW says:

    “Christian” isn’t an ethnoreligious term like “Jew” is.

    “Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.” — correct attribution unknown

    This isn’t the first time that Dawkins has smiled benignly at the outer husk of British Christianity: last year he described himself as a “cultural Anglican”. And yes, for a hard-line materialist, he allows himself a lot of slack for sentimentality.

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