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Unformatted text preview: Liz Onserio Extra Credit - “The God Delusion” Philosophy 1301 Dr. Doucet In Richard Dawkins documentary, “The God Delusion” there are a myriad of points made about religion that I generally agree with. These surround the arguments that religion as a whole shouldn’t supersede logic, science, or basic critical thinking, and that there are fundamentalist sections of religion that are worrisome and should be openly criticized. As they pose a significant threat to the religious institutions they represent, as well as our society at large. However there are two statements in particular that Dawkins made in his attempt to give support to his points that I feel critically towards. The first of which being that miracles performed, or that occur within a religious ceremony are things that always could have gotten better on their own. Medically speaking I believe this to be true, but Dawkins, myself, nor anyone else has the ability to deny someone's personal experience in finding a new hope, or something to live for. For example a person can be severely depressed, or searching for meaning in life, and through a religious piece of doctrine, ceremony, community, or experience come out of a fogged state of mind, or find something that give them purpose. In this way a person speaking candidly about any faith, has the ability to wholeheartedly feel that they’ve experienced a type of miracle that may have otherwise not occurred. The second point Dawkins makes throughout the documentary both in insinuation and outright statement that I take issue with, is that people who subscribe to a religion are easily persuaded, uneducated, and to some extent radical. I find this statement, when made generally, to be extremely disagreeable and untrue. While I don't believe it can be argued that there are segments of people in many religions who get suckered into scams, or hold radical beliefs that can result in the conduction of grotesque terrorist attacks around the world. I also don't believe it can be argued that there are a great number of individuals who subscribe to various religious doctrines under their own volition, who are of substantial intelligence, and hold the same values as others within their social communities. This however, was not explored in Dawkins documentary. Instead he displayed a small atheist community as logical individuals who were negatively targeted, and unfairly treated. But it is apparent to me that the same could be portrayed of religious individuals who lead their lives without incident in areas throughout the U.S. and beyond, who are lumped in with the most radical portions of their chosen faith, and as a result are treated in the same manner. By not acknowledging this, disregarding the possible good religion can do in people's lives, and blatantly blanketing all religions and their followers with the brush of delirium, I believe that Dawkins does a disservice to his own substantial arguments. Because believers and non believers alike who may even second some of the opinion expressed by Dawkins in this documentary may be discouraged from doing so in light of the previously stated arguments posed by him this documentary. As someone partaking in a faith may find the content antagonistic to their doctrine, and an nonreligious individual, like myself, may find it to be disagreeable because of its lack of substantive supporting arguments, or overall offensive portrayal of religion. ...
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