Quotable Dawkins

When someone suggested to British evolutionary biologist and strident atheist Richard Dawkins that he pose questions about the big bang to a chaplain, Dawkins responded, “Why not the gardener or the chef?”

Why not indeed? Unless the chaplain has done the work as a physicist, he’s hardly going to have the knowledge required to give cogent responses to the questions. May as well ask him how to create the perfect soufflé while we’re at it. Unless he trained as a French chef at some point he likely won’t be able to answer that either.

The quote comes from a piece about the end of the world that isn’t going to happen in December of this year. The article lists a couple books that might be worth looking for — How It Ends: From You to the Universe by Chris Impey and Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. The latter sounds like a great suggestion for the author of an opinion piece I considered “debating” today. I’ve added the link for that piece to my collection of stuff to write about later. It was a hoot and a half to read, let me tell you. I didn’t have enough time this morning to sort out all the arguments against the author’s belief that the world’s in such a horrible state today because not enough people love God. Hopefully there will be a day I can do that and have some educational fun with it.

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