Richard Dawkins is the world's atheist-in-chief. His last book, The God Delusion, sold millions of copies and sparked a worldwide debate about the place of religion in a modern world. His new book is defence of the theory of evolution, which has lately come under attack from religious fundamentalists. He spoke to the Globe and Mail's John Barber. video link here!
I love RD and his approach to Atheism and Evolution. But I don't like the idea of him being called the atheist in chief. He is a scientist first and foremost. That is where his strengths lay. I think Sam Harris is more of the average man, and fits this role much better, in that context. Both of these men are leaders of "The New Atheist Movement". Sometimes, I think they deserve equal billing on that ticket.
I would say that DD is more of a fore-father of the new movement, he doesn't get the exposure he used to. Hitchens, IDK. He needs to share some of that whiskey and brandy with the rest of this movement, I know I could use a drink.
It is a shame that Dennett doesn't get the same amount of exposure as Dawkins or Hitchens, as I've found his work to be extremely intriguing and compelling. Religion: Breaking the Spell is a book I recommend highly to anyone interested in such things.
And I don't know about atheist whiskey, but there' a bottle of Glenlivet downstairs...