The Flying Spaghetti Monster gets a mention in Richard Dawkins’ Newsnight interview from last Friday, in which he talks about his latest book: The God Delusion. Jeremy Paxman does a better job than most by asking some interesting questions, and I think the answers do a great deal to clarify the usual misconceptions about criticism of religion by atheists. The best Dawkins interview I’ve heard was on the Point of Inquiry podcast, where the humanist presenter raised the most reasonable counter-arguments I know of, and there was a genuine discussion between them.
Like Ophelia Benson, I didn’t know about richarddawkins.net – not sure how it managed to slip under the radar. I think it was launched a few months ago as a companion to his new book, as well as a front for the new foundation. I really like books with accompanying websites that provide responses to criticism as well as links to related material and reactions to recent events. The Freakonomics blog is a great example of this.
I picked up The God Delusion at the weekend1 and it’s certainly an entertaining read thus far. The second chapter has some fascinating information on the religious proclivities of the USA’s founding fathers. I’m trying to take my time as I find I don’t absorb information when I read this kind of book too quickly. I read Blink on a single plane flight, and now find it’s all a muddle in my head. RD is at my local civic hall in a couple of weeks – I did a double-take when I first saw the newspaper ad – and I’m hoping to have finished the book by then. He’s being interviewed by David Freeman – anybody know who he is?
- it’s rather a lot cheaper on Amazon! They seem to think it’s not released yet, mind [↩]