Essay 3 - In his work entitled The Fear of Religion, Thomas...

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In his work entitled The Fear of Religion , Thomas Nagel provides a qualified criticism of Richard Dawkins’s objections to the argument from design in The God Delusion . Nagel’s counter-arguments provide a reasonable opposition to the extremist views of Dawkins. In fact, Dawkins’s fanatical approach to the question of the existence of God almost renders his arguments less effective, making it more reasonable to side with Nagel. Nagel begins by sharing with the reader Dawkins’s view that religion is the enemy of science, which is quite a skewed view. Science and religion might have differing opinions in areas such as the creation of the universe, but ultimately, their goals are the same. Both science and religion are an attempt to provide explanations for both known and mysterious phenomena. So why separate the two? For all we know science and religion could be completely compatible in the true explanation of creation. Nagel also comments on Dawkins’s offensive attitude towards religion, which serves to further discredit Dawkins. Just because a person verbally attacks religion does not prove or disprove any of religion’s ideas. In fact, it shows a weakness in that person because they must resort to ad-hominem attack instead of addressing the issues at hand. Dawkins provides three possible explanations for the natural order which is observable in
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course PHIL 089H taught by Professor Daniels during the Spring '11 term at UNC.

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Essay 3 - In his work entitled The Fear of Religion, Thomas...

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