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Midmorning: "The God Delusion" author and a 6th District debate

Posted at 7:12 AM on November 2, 2006 by Bill Wareham (5 Comments)

At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller's guest is Richard Dawkins, best known for his book The Selfish Gene, who argues in his new book The God Delusion that a belief in God is irrational and harmful.

At 10 a.m. we'll air the debate Kerri moderated Wednesday night between 6th District congressional candidates Michele Bachmann and Patty Wetterling.


Comments (5)


I hope that MPR will have a guest on to counter Dr. Dawkins' theories. There are many INTELLIGENT and LOGICAL men and women of faith that base their faith in logical events and facts. Dr. Dawkins implies that those of faith are NOT logical intelligent thinkers. I, for one, am insulted by his premise. If MPR is truly an unbiased station serving the good of the public on whole, a counter author is now in order.

Posted by Ron Ingalls | November 2, 2006 9:16 AM


You're insulted?! Think about how all those poor atheists must feel after that weekly Krista Tippet show. I never hear them demanding a counter show... "Speaking about Atheists"

Posted by gml4 | November 2, 2006 10:59 AM


Quote:

"You're insulted?! Think about how all those poor atheists must feel after that weekly Krista Tippet show. I never hear them demanding a counter show... 'Speaking about Atheists' "

AMEN to that!

I, for one, do not object, because I would love to hear some arguments FOR the existence of God -- as I have yet to hear any that I have found remotely persuasive. (Aquinas' "proofs" and "Pascal's Wager" are both feeble, and both pretty much reduced to absurdity by Dawkins himself.)

To Ron Ingalls,

Please feel free to provide us here with some of these "facts and events" that you allude to.

Personally, I think Dawkins is absolutely right in asserting that we should not have to "respect" absurd and irrational beliefs. It's as though to be "fair and balanced," you can't just have someone on who says that the earth is a sphere and fairies don't exist, unless you also have someone else on who believes that the world is flat and fairies do exist. It's absurd.

Posted by Dustin Hansen | November 3, 2006 4:21 PM


To even fathom that a human being could write such a book is enough to make me sick. There is a fine line between theory and religious intolerance. This man boldly crosses that line, and has the nerve to call any religious man or woman unintelligent and illogical for having faith. Maybe this man doesn't quite understand what faith is all about. If he was anywhere near me, I would probably hit him square in the mouth. And the fairy comparison...that was absolutley ridiculous. Just the fact that he tried to compare the two just shows how much of a moron this guy is. Richard Dawkins, you may not believe in God, but hopefully you believe in Hell, because you're probably going to end up there sometime soon with the slander you're writing.

Posted by Richard Wesley | November 29, 2006 7:08 PM


Richard,

Thanks for your comments. The statement "I would probably hit him square (sic) in the mouth" I find very telling coming from someone arguing against intolerance.

But perhaps that is to be expected given that religion, the 'logic' behind so many of the world's despots, wars, deaths, molestation cases, and other forms of human misery for thousands of years and arguably the single most destructive force mankind has ever created, is the topic you are attempting to defend. Try following your own advice and listening to and weighing both sides of the evidence, rather than tolerating only your own, obviously predisposed, viewpoint. Those who live in houses of ignorance and denial should not throw the ‘moron’ stone at those asking for facts and knowledge.

Posted by Ward Moberg | December 21, 2006 4:07 PM