Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is former Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford and author of "The God Delusion" and "The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Stories by Richard Dawkins

Herb Silverman for U.S. Senate

Courtesy of Herb Silverman In South Carolina, when a U.S. senator resigns, the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement … Continued

Dawkins: Don’t need God to be good … or generous

AFP/GETTY IMAGES British author and scientist Richard Dawkins attending the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2007. Freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, secular humanists … Continued

Who would rally against reason?

March 24th is a landmark date for Washington, D.C. Thousands will converge on the world’s leading capital city to celebrate … Continued

Science knows (approximately) when the Earth will end

Why is a serious newspaper like the Washington Post giving space to a raving loon? I suppose the answer must … Continued

Everybody should be disinvited

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Ratzinger is the perfect pope

“Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe?” Yes he should, … Continued

The Faith Trap

Part 25 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

The Great Tim Tebow Fallacy

Q: The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is sponsoring a pro-life ad, featuring football star Tim Tebow, during … Continued

Haiti and the hypocrisy of Christian theology

We know what caused the catastrophe in Haiti. It was the bumping and grinding of the Caribbean Plate rubbing up … Continued

Well-heeled, tax-exempt charlatan

It is not particularly remarkable that a mountebank like Oral Roberts should succeed in conning his followers out of their … Continued

Give us your misogynists and bigots

Q: The Vatican is making it easier for Anglicans — priests, members and parishes — to convert to Catholicism. Some … Continued

Our Political Illusions and Delusions

Why do so many American politicians — from Bill Clinton to Mark Sanford — use religious language when they make … Continued

Banishing the Green-Eyed Monster

“Is sex outside of marriage a sin? Is it a public matter? Is it forgivable?” No, of course sex outside … Continued

Kill for Your God? There is No God

What message would I send to religious extremists? The following. You are passionately sincere. You really really believe that killing … Continued

Only Man Could Be So Patronizing

The only alternative – that religion is woman-made – is hard to reconcile with prevailing attitudes of religious authorities to … Continued

Let’s Hope It’s A Lasting Vogue

Athorism is enjoying a certain vogue right now. Can there be a productive conversation between Valhallans and athorists? Naïve literalists … Continued