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.
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