Anyone who has spoken to me in real life, on Internet forums or even on Twitter cannot help but have noticed that I am very much an anti-theist. I mention it here again at the start of this article so those who prefer to rest in the comfort of their faith can turn away now. This post is directed toward you and your more rabid compatriots but I know not all of you will want to hear it.
I was in a bookshop today. It was a very nice bookshop with a significant portion of its shelf space devoted to science, including popular science. I like to browse this section of the bookshop because I like to learn things. I like to know what makes the universe work and I like to explore the fringes of modern scientific progress.
I also browse there because it is far from the religion section, which I despise. Today however, I was not able to keep away from the religious delusions I hate so much. Why? Because the people who continue to peddle that bullshit will not stay out of science.
I found a book called The Dawkins Delusion today. Having read the blurb on the back, I was dismayed to see that the publisher had the nerve to suggest this drivel was “science”. It is anything but. The blurb starts with an attack against a living human being and then goes on to claim allegiance to Christianity, a religion whose major tenet is being nice to people. Clearly this must be a comedy, then? Unfortunately not.
I read a few sections of this pathetic tome, quickly finding it both rambling and incoherent. There is no cogent argument to be found in it and I’m sure I did not miss one because it is a very thin book and therefore there are only so many places it could have been hiding. The only humour in it was clearly unintentional, since it completely failed to live up to the standards its own claim to faith requires.
Why was this book in the science section? I can only assume the publisher thought it would lend some shadow of legitimacy to the ranting contained within its pages. I am here to say it does not. It not only shows up the publisher, SPCK Publishing, as being utter fools for printing this crap, but it demonstrates that its author is a hack. Science requires high standards of its adherents, including the ability to lay out an argument in as clear a method as possible. Science also does not sit well with blatant attacks on another person simply for their beliefs, or lack thereof.
This book is not science. It does not belong in the science section. It belongs in the religion section along with all the other drivel about invisible superheroes, talking snakes, cursed fruit and abhorrent behaviour undertaken in the name of said superhero.
Keep religion out of science. Magic and superstition do not belong there.