Richard Dawkins Quotes

What does Dawkins think of Christians who don't believe Genesis is literal history?

by Terry Novich

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is an atheistic evolutionist, an Oxford University professor and one of the most strident antitheists and anti-creationists alive today.


'Oh but of course the story of Adam and Eve was only ever symbolic, wasn’t it? Symbolic?! So Jesus had himself tortured and executed for a symbolic sin by a non-existent individual?1

‘The moderates’ [liberals’] position seems to me to be fence-sitting. They half-believe in the Bible but how do they decide which parts to believe literally and which parts are just allegorical?’2

‘It seems to me an odd proposition that we should adhere to some parts of the Bible story but not to others. After all, when it comes to important moral questions, by what standards do we cherry-pick the Bible? Why bother with the Bible at all if we have the ability to pick and choose from it what is right and what is wrong?’3

'I think the evangelical Christians have really sort of got it right in a way, in seeing evolution as the enemy. Whereas the more - what shall we say - sophisticated theologians, who are quite happy to live with evolution, I think they are deluded. I think the evangelicals have got it right, in that there really is a deep incompatibility between evolution and Christianity.'4

Richard Dawkins not only regards Darwinism as compatible with atheism, but that atheism is a logical outcome of evolutionary belief. He has long promoted atheism both individually and as part of atheistic organizations. Dawkins is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, a vice-president of the British Humanist Association (since 1996), a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society of Scotland, a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism, and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. In 2003, he signed Humanism and Its Aspirations, published by the American Humanist Association.


1,2 & 3. Quotes taken from TV show, "The root of all evil?" (broadcast on British Channel 4, 16 January 2006)
Quote taken from Revelation TV (see YouTube video extract below.) Bold emphasis mine.

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Richard Dawkins:
"Theistic evolutionists are deluded"