I report (or, rather, cut and paste from the Daily Mail), and you decide:
"Atheists 'have higher IQs': Their intelligence 'makes them more likely to dismiss religion as irrational and unscientific'
People with higher IQs were more likely to dismiss religious beliefs as irrational and unscientific, scientists from the University of Rochester found."
_ This is not a book for everyone. Not even me, although I find the subject interesting. Reading the review was enough, because it falls into the category of “preaching to the converted”.
I have touched on some of these topics in my novels. This, of course, does not make me smart or “right”, especially since there is no “right”. It merely points to my interest in this subject.
I attended a church-sponsored private school, which required us to attend services each day. Sunday included heavy-duty sermon, usually given by the headmaster, an ordained minister. I recall almost nothing of his words, but I do remember him mentioning the name Nietzsche and the word nihilism. (Strange what one recalls!) After reading this review, I assume that he used both in a single sermon and that he was taking an opposing view. Given his beliefs, he had no choice but to mouth the party line. If I had been more curious, I might have sought a book on the philosopher. As it turned out, I came to similar conclusions on my own...which also does not mean that I am smart...
I do not recommend this article to anyone not willing or able to have his or her religious conviction assaulted, questioned, or shaken.
I'm a fan of Richard Dawkins. He writes intelligently and understandably about complicated subjects. I have learned a lot from his books on science. I am a firm believer in evolution. I'm convinced by the facts presented by scientists and not concerned by the gaps in evidence.
Although I have bought his book, The God Delusion, I have not read it. It falls into the category of "preaching to the converted". I agree with what he writes, without having to spend the time reading his book. I heard enough counter-arguments through having attended a church secondary school.
Many people (all Evangelical Christians and most followers of all other religions) hate Richard Dawkins and all he stands for. If you believe in any kind of god, you can't help but dislike the guy, although he is personable and speaks rationally. After all, he proves in no uncertain terms and rather readable prose that a whole bunch of people have been, are, and will continue to be fools.
There's good interview in the online edition of Der Spiegel (the leading German news magazine), which might enlighten the unknowing about what Professor Dawkins thinks. He's very articulate.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.