THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?: “The time has come for people of reason to say: enough is enough. Religious faith discourages independent thought, it's divisive, and it's dangerous. ” – Prof. Richard Dawkins. This controversial two-part documentary from prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins is the companion piece to the best-selling book ‘The God Delusion’. The Root of all Evil? is an incendiary look at the monotheistic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity and an unapologetic polemic against blind faith. In The God Delusion, the first installment in the series Dawkins argues that religion and its requirement of unquestioning adherence can no longer be tolerated. How, he asks, can we claim to live in a rational and reasoned society when religion asks us not to question its teachings and accepts no debate on facts? Religious indoctrination of children is explored in part two.
The Virus of Faith. According to Dawkins, forcing religious teachings on the young is tantamount to child abuse. Dawkins goes inside fundamentalist religious schools in Britain to explore the segregated and controlled way some children are educated – from social prejudices to creationism in science. With his authoritative Oxford tone Dawkins travels from Mecca to middle-America interviewing both extremist and moderate religious leaders on questions of religion, faith and the existence of God. From the tense standoff over holy sites in Mecca to shock tactics in America’s bible belt Dawkins challenges the hypocrisies of religion. A confronting and compelling look at the virus of faith in society and the delusion of God. SOME FACTS ABOUT ATHEISM: • Atheism is the rejection of a belief in Gods and supernatural powers. • Atheists don't use God to explain the existence of the universe, Atheists say that humans can devise suitable moral codes to live by without the aid of Gods or scriptures, • Atheists often follow the same moral codes as religious people, but arrive at the decision of what is good or bad without any help from the idea of God • It is possible to be both atheist and religious – Buddhism is an example of this, • In the 2001 Australian Census 15.5 per cent of Australian’s listed ‘No Religion’
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