Analysis Of Richard Dawkins 'Article' Is Science A Religion

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The quote above concerning the evil of faith is taken from an article written by Richard Dawkins and published by the American Humanist Association; it is titled Is Science a Religion?. Of course, Dawkins’ answer is no. He argues that because science is based on ‘reason’, ‘observation’ and ‘verifiable evidence’ it different from religion, which is based on faith. According to Dawkins, ‘faith is one of the world’s greatest evils’ because it is ‘belief that isn’t based on evidence’ and to Dawkins this is juvenile and reprehensible.

Before continuing, there are several key terms that require clarification. In this essay I take faith to mean strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, founded on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Reason
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