The early part of this century saw a great deal of relativism from intellectuals not the least of which, was Richard Dawkins. A man who’s books on evolution in my opinion are compulsory reading. His book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ is one of the best explanations for the mechanisms of evolution, if not the best one for lay people, ever written.
Even if you are religious and do not subscribe to science or evolution this is the book to read, so that at least you are arguing against genuine evolutionary theory and not, which is the common thing, arguing against a straw man of ones own creation claiming it to be evolution.
However, Dawkins in his documentary film, ‘The Root of all Evil’ goes to great lengths to attempt to make Islam, Judaism and Christianity etc. to all appear equally dangerous, stupid and counter civilization. So you can imagine how delighted I was to find this:
Christianity is in decline in Europe as a whole, and has collapsed in Britain in particular, leaving even the most committed atheists wondering what is going to fill the spiritual vacuum.
From The Times:
“Even among the world’s most famous atheists, the crisis of faith among Christians in Europe has been met with concern.
Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said: “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”
Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner and one of the organisers of the Protest the Pope demonstration at Westminster Cathedral last weekend, came to the defence of a Christian street preacher who was fined £1,000 in Glasgow for saying that homosexuality was a sin.
Shawn Holes, a Baptist from America, was charged with “uttering homophobic remarks” in a breach of the peace that prosecutors said was “aggravated by religious prejudice”.
Mr Tatchell said: “The price of freedom of speech is that we sometimes have to put up with opinions that are objectionable and offensive. Just as people should have the right to criticise religion, people of faith should have the right to criticise homosexuality.”
It is a sign of how bad things have become that the faith’s enemies seem now to be defending it.”
More at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7085129.ece