The ineffably wise, knowledgeable and profound theologian, Professor Dawkins
Courtesy of The Telegraph
Professor Dawkins, the prominent biologist and atheist, said that Benedict XVI would have blood on his hands if his beliefs were followed by Catholics around the continent.
Speaking at a university in Spain, he said: "I wonder on what basis anyone can say condoms make Aids worse. The Pope is either stupid, ignorant or dim. If people take his words seriously he will be responsible for the deaths of thousands, perhaps millions of people."
Prof Dawkins, 67, was speaking at a press conference at the University of Valencia after having been awarded an honorary degree. He also urged people to think for themselves on the subject, adding that the more they did, the less they were likely to believe in God.
1. Pope Benedict XVI believes that if men and women lived in accordance with Church teaching, in a monogamous relationship that respects the sanctity of marriage, in service of each other and their families, that the HIV/AIDS crisis would be greatly reduced.
2. Pope Benedict XVI believes that condoms promote sexual promiscuity and that HIV/AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease spread by sexual promiscuity.
3. Therefore Pope Benedict XVI believes that the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa, far from being worsened by Church teaching, would, in fact, be reduced. There is nothing 'stupid', 'ignorant' or 'dim' in what Pope Benedict XVI believes, nor does the Pope have 'blood on his hands', since if men and women took his words seriously, sexual promiscuity and therefore the rate of HIV/AIDS infection would decline drastically.
All this is coming from a man who donated vast sums of money to a bus advertising campaign for the British Humanist Association with the slogan, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." This is a slogan which is 'stupid', 'ignorant' and 'dim'. Why?
This is why...
1. As long as God 'probably' does not exist, it is not a conclusive, immutable or provable fact.
2. There remains therefore the stark possibility that He does exist. Scientifically speaking, this possibility cannot be even empirically calculated or verified.
3. If God does not exist then death for each human being, one can assume by the slogan, is the end and there is no life beyond or after death. If God does not exist then death is still something of deep concern to the human psyche for there is no future beyond death and the human person is extinguished utterly. Death has been a great worry for generations of men and women and the absence of God has not eradicated the fear of death. Therefore, death itself, is still a 'worry'.
4. If God does exist, the slogan connotes that there is something to worry about should His existence be a reality.
5. If God does exist, and the 'worry' described in this slogan concerns Death, Judgment, Heaven, Purgatory or Hell, then the slogan has misinformed countless souls into error in suggesting that there is no God and no Judgment at the end of our lives. If men and women followed the advice of the slogan and lived by its moral relativism and heresy and departed from this life in final impenitence, then the slogan has possibly contributed to the damnation of countless souls spending eternity in Hell. Who, then, has 'blood on his hands', Professor Dawkins, if He does exist? And if He does exist, how many people is your book, 'The God Delusion' leading into error, heresy and possibly damnation, Professor Dawkins? I'd say it was 'thousands, perhaps even millions of people.'