Richard Dawkins is not aware of it, but his latest book, The God Delusion, has driven the last nail into the coffin of Humanism. (1) By taking on the mantle of Nietzsche’s madman (God is dead), and making it respectful, Dawkins has destroyed forever the link between religion and science that Humanists forged. After Dawkins’critique, can any intelligent person use the word, ‘God,’ today, without feeling embarrassed? And yet we hang around the Best Seller lists, feeling a loss as the excesses of theism and anthropomorphism slowly drain any credibility from the deity. In reaction, some individuals fled east to the sound of one hand clapping. But it’s a shock to lose the word altogether.
Dawkins has given us Delusion as a handbook as to why we must reject the notion of a superhuman in the sky who justifies our baser emotions and actions. All right thinking people, owe Dawkins their thanks.