The Magic of Reality Review

Casey Luskin reviewed Richard Dawkins's new children's science book, The Magic of Reality over at Evolution News and Views. Here's a brief summary excerpt:

What do you get when the world's most influential atheist teams up with a tarot card illustrator to write a book for younger readers? Well, apparently you get a book that accepts scientism on faith, mocks religion, and is full of occult-like imagery. Welcome to Richard Dawkins's latest salvo, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True.

The stated purpose of The Magic of Reality is to help kids understand both the content and nature of scientific knowledge. The real purpose is to get them to disbelieve in anything supernatural and to associate traditional religious beliefs with wacky superstitions that few have even heard of. Oh yes, you're also supposed to learn to mock those who disagree with you as "dishonest" and "lying"….

Dawkins's message is this: All supernatural claims are superstitions. And all superstitions are explained by science. Except for those that aren't. But we have faith that they will be. And if you don't share my faith, you're lazy and dishonest. This is the new-atheist message in a nutshell.

Read the full review to hear more about Dawkins's arguments against miracles and for common ancestry, including some quotes like this one:

We are all cousins. Your family tree includes not just obvious cousins like chimpanzees and monkeys but also mice, buffaloes, iguanas, wallabies, snails, dandelions, golden eagles, mushrooms, whales, wombats, and bacteria. All are our cousins. Every last one of them. Isn't that a far more wonderful thought than any myth? And the most wonderful of all is that we know for certain it is literally true. (p. 52)

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Amy K. Hall