22 October 2007

From Edwards to Dawkins

Just surfing around and doing a little reading this morning when I came across a quote on Townhall:
How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents? It’s one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in? What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods? Isn’t it always a form of child abuse to label children as possessors of beliefs that they are too young to have thought out?

John Edwards? No, that's a quote from Richard Dawkins, author and atheist.

The wonderful thing about Dawkins' - and Edwards' - point of view is that while arguing that children should always be allowed to think things out for themselves, they willfully neglect how to achieve the basic instruction of children on how to think.

But there is little doubt that for Mr. Dawkins there is no separation between how to think and what to think. The method is the answer; think in this manner and the answer is self evident. How that passes for free thought and free will baffles me to no end.

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