Dawkins To Write A Book About How He Became An Atheist Writer

Harper Collins says:

“Dawkins will tell the story of his own intellectual evolution, explaining how his groundbreaking work as a scientist led to his work as an atheist.”

The deal is done and the book is slated for 2014.

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  • masqueofred

    My first thought is “Why he doesn’t just write a post on Pharyngula?” :P

  • StevoR

    I’d like to read it.

    As for why not a computer blog post? Hey, some of us are Luddites still! Not everyone, even now, has computers of their own.

    Seriously, there’s just something about actual printed books that makes them much easier and more enjoyable to read. Also more permanent and convenient and trustworthy (no offence!) than blogs and text on a screen not paper. For me anyhow. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but, yeah.

  • The Lorax

    I feel as though there’s going to be an awful lot of overlap between this book and the many others he has written, but I’m sure it will be a good read; the man does have a way with words. I wouldn’t call him poetic, but he is eloquent and isn’t afraid to include humor in a serious work.

  • mikmik

    Was Dawkins religious sometime in the past? Yhe headline says the book is about how he became an atheist, suggesting he was, but the quote “explaining how his groundbreaking work as a scientist led to his work as an atheist” is ambiguous. It only says that he started to work as an atheist, implying that he didn’t work as an atheist beforehand.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Fair enough. I’ve amended the headline.

  • mikmik

    Well, that answers that:

    Dawkins describes his childhood as “a normal Anglican upbringing”.[14] He was confirmed, and embraced Christianity until his mid-teens, at which point he concluded that the theory of evolution was a better explanation for life’s complexity, and ceased believing in a god.[10] Dawkins states: “the main residual reason why I was religious was from being so impressed with the complexity of life and feeling that it had to have a designer, and I think it was when I realised that Darwinism was a far superior explanation that pulled the rug out from under the argument of design. And that left me with nothing.

    He became an atheist within a few years, at most, of starting secondary education.


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