posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 08:20 AM
Well this is an interesting development and significant in several ways.
Dawkins has long been what some might consider an "aggressive athiest," using his public position to argue heatedly and pointedly against religion. So
when he qualifies what was previously a very staunch and hardline view in this way, it is significant, given his self-embraced "king of the athiests"
Note that he is not claiming some sea-change in his belief...he is simply admitting uncertainty. This is noteworthy even so, because he had never done
so before, and also because he had embraced the "athiest" label with relish. Now he wants to be considered an agnostic. That is a huge shift.
I enjoyed the two books by Dawkins that I have read - The Selfish Gene and River Out of Eden. As popular science works, they presented complex ideas
in a way that was easy for me to understand while remaining profound.
At the same time, I have never been comfortable with his hardline athiest standpoint, and I believe his attack on religion is based on a faulty and
reductionist misunderstanding of what religion, etc. is. To admit doubt strikes me as more rational from a scientific perspective, while this will
also be positive news for people of faith who are growing weary of the ever-increasingly-strident assaults on religion from aggressive athiests.
edit on 2/24/12 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)