J.B.S. Haldane wrote:
My practise as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel, or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world. And I should be a coward if I did not state my theoretical views in public.
I, too, think that if I am to apply the critical thinking associated with science to the question of “Does God exist?,” then the answer must clearly be “No” if I am to intellectually honest, making me an atheist.
Of course I have friends and family (not evangelical or fundamentalist, thank goodness) that attend church at least occaisionally, and I myself go at least twice a year (Easter and Xmas) – it’s more tradition to do so, rather than philosophy, for us. So I’m not out to criticize religion wholesale.
But I am going to add Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science to the sidebar – afterall, I wish to promote free- and critical-thinking about science and society, and denounce dogmatic views, modern tribalism, and intolerance.
However, Dawkins is not infalliable. Red State Rabble has a take on Dawkins and his shortcomings in the culture wars that’s worth a glance.