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.
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.