Recent quotes from Richard Dawkins:
“Study your Darwinism for two reasons: because it explains why you’re here, and the second reason is, study your Darwinism in order to learn what to avoid in setting up society. What we need is a truly anti-Darwinian society. Anti-Darwinian in the sense that we don’t wish to live in a society where the weakest go to the wall, where the strongest suppress the weak, and even kill the weak.”
“I don’t care what’s against the evolution principle. I’m all for going against the evolution principle.”
1. Would Dawkins still feel the same had he not been raised in a Christian environment?
The need to stand up for the weak is one of the core messages preached by Jesus. In fact, this is one of the reasons Adolf Hitler once said, “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion [Islam] too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”
2. What is the cause of this “anti-Darwinian” impetus?
According to Dawkins, we exist as machines to propagate our genes. It is this gene-centric view of life that gives us our purpose, as explained by Dawkins:
In the scientific sense of “purpose” the purpose of life is to preserve and propagate the genes that program the embryonic development of living organisms.
According to evolutionary psychology, our brains and thinking have been shaped by Darwinian evolution. According to neuroscience, we have no free will and no true “self.”
So if our brains have been sculpted by Darwinian evolution to become machines that convert environmental stimuli into actions that enhance our propagation of genes (while creating the illusion “we” are making “choices”), where does this choice to “go against the evolution principle” come from?