If you’ve been following the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens at all, go have a read over of Kim Fabricius’ Ten propositions on Richard Dawkins and the new atheists. Kim revels in the irony that, while the New Atheists accuse any believers of possessing a superstition something like believing in leprechauns, the New Atheists bow down in faith to Almighty Progress:
So on his own terms we may be permitted to ask Dawkins, “Where is the evidence for this progress?” Forgive me, dear reader, for wearying you with the obvious: the names of such progressive statesmen and harbingers of world peace as the atheists Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, and Pol Pot. Oh, and isn’t there the little matter that teleology has no place in evolutionary theory? Progress? My money is on the leprechauns.
There’s way more gold where that came from.