Dawkins: religion makes you stupid
So, the emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and the University's former Professor for Public Understanding of Science, is of the view that religion poisons thought processes and makes people stupid.
He appears to have forgotten (conveniently, as ever) the religious foundations of Oxford University. Has he no knowledge of Keble, Merton or Pusey? Who founded Christ Church and why? Has this 'stupidity' hindered academic progress or undermined its global reputation? Oxford takes its Christian foundations very seriously indeed. Despite multi-faith multiculturalism, its higher degrees are still bestowed upon all graduands Ad honorem Domini nostri Jesu Christi, et ad profectum Sarosanctae Matris Ecclesiae. As they kneel before the Vice-Chancellor, he touches each one upon the head with a Testament, admitting them in nomine Domini, Patris, Filii et Spirutus Sancti.
Dr Dawkins' remarks must be rather offensive to the Theology Faculty and the eminent scholars who work under its aegis (not to mention current students). A brief summary on Wikipedia tells us that Oxford has produced at least twelve saints, and twenty Archbishops of Canterbury. Is Dr Dawkins really of the opinion that Rowan, Lord Williams is 'stupid'? Was John Wycliffe stupid? What about the Christian humanist John Colet? Or John and Charles Wesley?
What stupidity is it which asserts correlation or causality between stupidity and religion based on a BBC programme?