After I complained yet again about the ignorant way that Dawkins engages with philosophical theology and related disciplines, Ray countered by quoting a fellow named Anthony Gottleib who observed:
For example, when Terry Eagleton, a British critic who has been a professor of English at Oxford, lambasted Dawkins’s “The God Delusion” in the London Review of Books, he wrote that “card-carrying rationalists” like Dawkins “invariably come up with vulgar caricatures of religious faith that would make a first-year theology student wince.” That is unfair, because millions of the faithful around the world believe things that would make a first-year theology student wince. A large survey in 2001 found that more than half of American Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians believed that Jesus sinned—thus rejecting a central dogma of their own churches.
I confess to be at a loss. Is Mr. Gottleib seriously proposing this as a defense of Dawkins? “Many lay Christians are ignorant of their faith so it is okay that Dawkins is as well!” What??? Imagine a heart surgeon confusing the heart and kidneys in the OR. Just as we’re about to toss out the incompetent fool here comes Mr. Gottleib with another great defense:
That is unfair, because millions of people confuse organs that would make a first-year medical student wince. A large survey in 2001 found that more than half of American lay people believed that the kidneys are in roughly the same place as the heart—thus rejecting a central fact of their own biology.
So what??? Get that idiot out of the OR now! He should know what he’s doing but he doesn’t. And as for Mr. Gottleib with defenses like that he could have a glowing future as head of the Ministry of Truth in a despotic banana republic.