I find it intersting that Richard Dawkins includes this quote on his website:
“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
It’s little surprise, given his rabidly egotistic dogmatism that he is quoting himself. The very font of wisdom, I’m sure. He thinks so anyhow. He’s a bit over-the-top, even for an atheist.
I can’t help feeiling the quote is ironic. You see, Richard Dawkins is a man of faith. He believes in Darwinism. He believes that man came about from evolution and that God and religion in general are superstitions. The problem is that evolution cannot be proven empyrically. No one can go back and prove it happened. No one sees it happening now. It may well be a myth. Darwin himself admitted that if the missing links could not be found that his theory was suspect. Dawkins believes in the face of a startling lack of evidence. He believes that the evidence will be found. It may yet be found, but he believes now without it. That is faith.
If Dawkins were a Christian, he’d be a Catholic, for not only is he a man of faith, he is also a man of tradition. He refuses to consider theories such as punctuated equilibrium, popularly dubbed “punk eek.” He believes in conventional, traditional Darwinism, in which speciation occurs by gradual natural selection. Like the Catholics, tradition is more of the authority for him than the fundamentals of the faith. He even has a bible of sorts, The Origin of the Species, though he tends to throw in apocryphal works by himself as being just as authoritative. Yet it is faith.
I suppose the greatest cop-out is pretending that one kind of faith [faith in theoretical Darwinism posing as empyrical science] is less superstitious than another [faith in God].