Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Root of All Evil: Part 1 (The God Delusion)

Okay, enough of that brain-curdling tripe. (Way to go, Dave!*) Take a deep breath… let’s return to reality, shall we?

“The Root of All Evil?” is a television documentary, written and presented by that arch secular meanie Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion. Perhaps after viewing the preceding film, you might be inclined to agree.

The documentary was first broadcast in January 2006 on Channel 4 in the UK. Dawkins has said that the title wasn’t his preferred choice — the notion of anything being the root of all evil being fairly ridiculous — but that Channel 4 had insisted on it to create controversy. His sole concession from the producers on the title was the addition of the question mark. This is a companion of sorts to his book, “The God Delusion” that explores the unproven beliefs that are treated as factual by many religions and the extremes to which some followers have taken them.

Dawkins opens the program by describing the “would-be murderers… who want to kill you and me, and themselves, because they’re motivated by what they think is the highest ideal” and goes on to contend that “the process of non-thinking called faith” is not a way of understanding the world, but instead stands in fundamental opposition to modern science and the scientific method, and is divisive and dangerous.

*I keeeed…