Dispelling some misinformation about me and my work
Some fans of Richard Dawkins have been posting ridiculous false statements about me on the web. They are doing this because they are not happy with my critique of Dawkins' atheistic book The God Delusion. In my critique, I did not even argue for the existence of a supernatural God. I did argue that Dawkins' book does not succeed in settling the question of God's existence. Apparently that was more than some people could stand.
Because those false statements about me are out there, it's best to be skeptical of any negative statements about me that you find on the Internet, especially on web forums or in blog comments. Look up the facts and decide for yourself.
Here are a few facts to set the record straight.
This list is not meant to trumpet anything I have done. I just want to counteract the misinformation that has appeared on the web.
Apart from their false statements about my background, certain followers of Dawkins have made some very ignorant comments about my ideas. One especially stupid criticism is the accusation that I believe in Intelligent Design Theory (ID). This accusation is complete nonsense. I have never believed in Intelligent Design Theory. I believe the standard scientific version of evolution. I believe in seeking natural explanations - not supernatural ones - for natural phenomena. I think Intelligent Design theory is false and utterly unscientific. Anyone who claims that I believe in ID is either making things up or failing to read my writings.
To read my critique of Dawkins, click here. To read my rebuttals to some objections to my critique, click here. To find out what I really believe and disbelieve, explore the rest of my website and especially my main blog.
- Mark F. Sharlow
Page last updated November 20, 2012.
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