Richard Dawkins Cracks

February has not been a good month for Richard Dawkins. The foundations of controversial Oxford University professor, the foremost champion of Darwinist evolution, referring to himself as “Darwin’s pit bull”, and billed as the world’s “most famous atheist”, developed colossal cracks.

On February the first evidence of cracking appeared. On the 14th, Dawkins appeared on the BBC Radio 4’s Today program to talk about the poll results his organization, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, had conducted. The poll survey conducted by Ipsos Mori showed that half of the people who described themselves as Christian on the 2011 census do not consider themselves religious. The criticism ironically opened the door to his first major “God” crack.

Debating the survey’s findings with the Giles Fraser, the former canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dawkins made much of the fact that 64 per cent of people who said they were Christians in the census were not able to identify Matthew as the first book of the New Testament.

The second time Dawkins mentioned the finding, Fraser asked him if he could tell him the full title of On the Origin of Species, the book by Charles Darwin considered to be the ‘Bible’ of evolutionary biology.

Dawkins stated emphatically: “Yes I could.”

“Go on then,” said Fraser.

Dawkins’s halting reply, complete with an improbable appeal to a higher authority, said: “On the Origin of Species, er, with… oh God [laughter]… On the Origin of Species, um… There is a subtitle… er, um, with respect to the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.”

The correct answer is, of course, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

A triumphant Fraser said: “You are the High Pope of Darwinism. If you asked people who believe in evolution that question and only two per cent got it right it would be terribly easy for me to say they don’t really believe it after all.

Dawkins complained: “It’s just not fair to ask people these questions.” Really?

The “oh god” explosion opened the first crack in Dawkins’ foundation quickly followed by a another crack from a second explosion.

In a 100-minute discussion between the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Professor Richard Dawkins, titled “The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of Their Ultimate Origin,” moderated by philosopher and agnostic Sir Anthony Kenny on February 23, Richard Dawkins stunned his online and theater audiences by conceding a personal doubt about his conviction that there is no such thing as a creator. Dawkins said that he was only “6.9 out of seven” certain of his long-standing atheist beliefs.

Replying to Kenny, Dawkins said, “I think the probability of a supernatural creator existing (is) very, very low.” In other words, the existence of God cannot be excluded.

Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and other best-sellers, is a leader of the “New Atheist” movement that aggressively challenges belief in God and criticizes harm done in the name of religion.

While Dawkins has the same problem Charles Darwin had, at least Darwin connected the dots, calling himself what he really was: an agnostic. In his Autobiography, Darwin conceded –

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.

The foundations of Richard Dawkins hypocrisy finally and irreversibly cracked.  While criticizing Christians for not knowing the books of the Bible, Dawkins, the self-proclaimed Darwin “pit bull”, could not even remember the title of Darwin’s foundational book, then, as leader of the “New Atheist” movement, disavowed the basic tenets of atheism. “Hypocrite” now describes new the Richard Dawkins facade.

Evolution, once a theory in crisis, is now not only in crisis without a theory, the cracks in Richard Dawkins are revealing that the foundations of the evolution industry are now even without a cohesive philosophy.

6 Responses to “Richard Dawkins Cracks”

  • Glenn:


    You can be an agnostic atheist – I don’t believe in god (atheist) but I can’t be sure that there isn’t one (agnostic).

    Way not to get words.

  • That is true. Richard Dawkins, however, is a militant advocate of atheism, not agnostic atheism.

  • Sam:

    Mr Nelson, I feel its unfair and a bit sensationalist to talk about him cracking. Obviously the Radio 4 interview exposed the faulty thinking behind the claims he made about Christians.

    However, the 6.9 thing and “probability very low” has always been his line, in writing and in interviews.

    The only reason it was surprising to the audience was that they assume he claims 100% certainty because he has a reputation for being anti-religion.

    Dawkins is (rhetorically) militant against religious belief, however this zeal does not stem from a 100% conviction about the non-existence of a deity, but from a moral imperative. Dawkins believes he is on moral high ground – that’s what gives him his sense of mission.

    However, when faced with people like Rowan Williams, the sense of mission decreases because his supposed enemy (religion which hinders human flourishing and intellectual development) is not present in the way it is in a fundamentalist, koran-burning church.

  • Greetings Sam!

    It is fine to use 6.9 stylistically however, that sends one message – uncertainty. Agnostics are uncertain, but atheists cannot be uncertain by definition.

    Agree that Dawkins probably believes he is on a high moral ground. However, actions trump any self-perceived beliefs.

    Not sure what you might think of Isaac Newton, but he is recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, during his lifetime, however, he was known more for his fundamentalist expertise on the books of Daniel and Revelation than physics. Fundamentalists largely founded the Scientific Revolution.

  • Jerome D.:

    Hello, Mr. Nelson!!

    Just wanted to say that I’m growing in Christian Apologetics and appreciated this article very much!!

    Yours in Christ,


  • Chimp:

    Hello Richard, it is amazing just how angry these atheists are. BTW, you are doing a great job laying the axe to the dead and rotting darwinian tree. Keep hacking away.

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