When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.
Supporters of the Reason Rally say they want to promote secular values, but in asserting that they are beleaguered and ought to forge a sense of togetherness based on that, they reveal that their true roots lie in therapy culture and in its relative - identity politics.
We must consolidate a singular identity. With 845 million users worldwide, Facebook has decided on behalf of the cyber universe that everything MUST be social. And the tyranny of a compulsorily social world is that it negates the possibility of the underground and the alternative.
The performance in question has Dawkins stumbling, uncharacteristically, when pressed to give the full title to Darwin's major treatise "On the Origin of Species." Dawkins declared that he'd been "ambushed" by the question.
That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.
Bigotry. Intolerance. Censorship. Not words that you would normally associate with a literature festival. Yet, over the last six days at the Jaipur Literature Festival, they've dominated panel discussions, been whispered during readings, and littered furious debates around tea stalls.
It is an interesting exercise to look at how genetic contributions of homosexuality may have been preserved and passed down by our ancestors. Dr. Richard Dawkins' take on the evolution of the "gay gene" is fascinating, elegant, and quite clever.
Too often, established religion does make possible evil things and clearly the Kansas City situation is one such case. The authority and attitude of the bishop makes what happened all too possible and common.
Blinded by his atheistic certainty, Dawkins promulgates a notion of science that is already outmoded. He isolates himself from scientists who are far-sighted enough to leave all possible solutions on the table.