Richard Dawkins — Facts, Books, and Best Quotes
Best Dawkins Quotes
"I as an atheist, my friends as atheists, lead thoroughly worthwhile lives, in our opinion, because we stand up, look the world in the face, face up to the fact that we are not going to last forever, we have to make the most of the short time that we have on this planet. We have to make this planet as good as we possibly can, and try to leave it a better place than we found it."
"I face two questions. Firstly, is religion true, and second, is it necessary for human psychological welfare or something of that sort. If it isn't true, then for anybody to maintain that somehow humans need it and you're wasting your time trying to get rid of it, what an amazingly patronizing thing to say. We intellectuals, of course, know that it's not true. But all those poor people out there, they need religion. I mean, what a condescending thing to say. Either it's true or its not. And I have enough respect for people to say that if it's not true, people will reconcile themselves to that with that and will not find any need for it."
"But, I do feel that young people do need to grow out of it [religion], grow out of all superstition actually. Although I've very keen not to indoctrinate. I'm very keen to spread the message that you should think for yourself rather than be told what to think."
Who is Richard Dawkins?
Dawkins was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1941. He is an evolutionary biologist who has gone viral for his arguments against religion. He was a professor at the University of Oxford for 13 years. Since then, he has become a famous author and atheist.
He, similar to the other three horsemen of atheism, can so clearly articulate the issues with religious arguments. He's been keen to shutdown theists by clearly demonstrating the proposed argument from ignorance or demonstrable lack of evidence for claims. Dawkins is very public about his opinions and can be found all over the web: his web site, social media, and documentaries and debates.
Dawkins has made a massive impact in the atheist community, and is one of the most articulate, intelligent, and pragmatic non-believers. During debates he is often able to flip a religious argument on its head. He has taken down many famous religious people, one of the best being with convicted child abuser George Pell. Find that full debate on our debates page.
The God Delusion Book and Documentary
Dawkins has a book titled the "The God Delusion", which ended up inspiring a documentary you can find here. The documentary covers the rationality of religion, and faith. Richard intends the film to strongly scrutinize the teachings and ideas of religion.
Best Richard Dawkins Books
The Selfish Gene (1976)
The Ancestor's Tale (2004)
The Greatest Show on Earth (2009)
Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide (2019)
The Magic of Reality (2011)
The Blind Watchmaker (1986)
...and many more! His books offer amazing insight into a different lens to view the world from. Dawkins covers a wide range of topics and is articulate and understandable in his books. Check them out and see what you think!
Best Debates with Dawkins
Richard Dawkins has participated in many debates, most of which are most certainly worth viewing. He's debated people like:
- John Lennox — 2007, 2008, 2008
- Giles Fraser
- Rabbi Shmuley
Dawkins versus The Killers' Brandon Flowers
Be sure to check out our Christopher Hitchens to learn more about another awesome atheist.