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Thursday, May 04, 2006

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?


THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?
Watch "The Root Of All Evil?" video on Youtube
Episode 1: The God Delusion and Episode 2: The Virus of Faith
(It is compelling to watch Dawkins in his very english-way, remain composed, when the arrangement of his words suggests to me that he is at once amazed and appalled by the people he interviews.)

The Origin of the Phrase "The Root Of All Evil": ~
  • "The love of money is the root of all evil" ~ All wrongdoing can be traced to an excessive attachment to material wealth. This saying comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul.
  • 1 Timothy 6:10 (New International Version) ~ "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
  • 1 Timothy 6:10 (King James Version) ~ "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
  • Greek Lexicon ~ ριζα γαρ παντων των κακων εστιν η φιλαργυρια ης τινες ορεγομενοι απεπλανηθησαν απο της πιστεως και εαυτους περιεπειραν οδυναις πολλαις

"The Root Of All Evil?" is a four part TV series hosted by Professor Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins uses the phrase to suggest the question: "Is implacable and intractable faith the root of all evil?"

Richard Dawkins is astounded that religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth based on hard evidence. He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. Science, based on scepticism, investigation and evidence, must continuously test its own concepts and claims. Faith, by definition, defies evidence: it is untested and unshakeable, and is therefore in direct contradiction with science.

In addition, though religions preach morality, peace and hope, in fact, says Dawkins, they bring intolerance, violence and destruction. The growth of extreme fundamentalism in so many religions across the world not only endangers humanity but, he argues, is in conflict with the trend over thousands of years of history for humanity to progress – to become more enlightened and more tolerant.

Please consider watching all 3 sections of "The Root Of All Evil?" whether you are religious or non-religious, theist or atheist. And please leave a comment concerning your opinion of the programme.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Vile Blasphemer said...

Neat!

By the way, this is a beautiful looking blog. I wish I was so skilled.

5/5/06 2:55 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Thanks mate. Interesting videos on your blog. (insertt shocked face here..lol)

5/5/06 8:53 am  
Anonymous Adam Scanlan said...

Watched this last week; it's a great show and Dawkins is a bloody legend. I wonder if we will be seeing it on our screens here in Australia? I emailed the ABC and SBS to inquire. The ABC said they had not purchased the program yet but said it would be forwarded to management for consideration. I received no reply from SBS (as is their policy).

Does anyone know where we can see part 2: the virus of faith?

6/5/06 3:52 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

You can see Part2 "The Virus Of Faith" from Youtube. "Root of all Evil Part1, 2 and 3" contain both Episode 1: The God Delusion and Episode 2: The Virus of Faith.

6/5/06 4:50 pm  
Anonymous Adam Scanlan said...

I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure that is only part 1: the God delusion. At the end of the video, Dawkins says that in part 2, we will see how faith acts as a virus etc. The youtube headings all say it is part 1 also.

8/5/06 12:57 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Re adam: I have placed the link for "The Virus Of Faith" under the links for "The Root Of All Evil".

Also here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PqdCHBT_rU&search=virus%20of%20faith

8/5/06 11:32 pm  
Anonymous Mario said...

I agree with you. I wonder, what do you about: (see the complete article in the link below)

"The universe is incredibly wondrous, incredibly beautiful, and it fills me with a sense that there is some underlying explanation that we have yet to fully understand," he said. "If someone wants to place the word God on those collections of words, it's OK with me."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1018_041018_science_religion.html

9/5/06 8:55 am  
Anonymous mario said...

I agree with you. I wonder what would you think if I say:

"The universe is incredibly wondrous, incredibly beautiful, and it fills me with a sense that there is some underlying explanation that we have yet to fully understand," he said. "If someone wants to place the word God on those collections of words, it's OK with me."
see the article complete at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1018_041018_science_religion.html

9/5/06 9:01 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

I figure it makes as much sense to call this ~ underlying explanation that we have yet to fully understand ~ .... "triplet bottom cheeks" as much as any other word or group of words.

To me, "god" is the sound people make when they have stopped thinking. So that the sound might as well be "chechenkawhatpooie", as much as any other word or collection of sounds.

Specifically when people use the word "god", they do have something in mind. Something with specific attributes and characteristics.

For every believer there is a god concept and for every "chechenkawhatpooie" there is a religion.

9/5/06 9:26 pm  
Anonymous mario said...

Yes, I agree again, I usually say things like that, even thougth I'm not sure what to understand with "chechenkawhatpooie"
But, now that I hear this(read) from someone else . . . Is it not too polarized (exagerated) to say that it is a stopped thinking? You are saying this for our dear Einstein. Well, he might have also this kind of moments, but . . . I think there is more to say

10/5/06 4:12 am  
Anonymous Adam Scanlan said...

Thanks Beep Beep,

Hadn't seen that bit yet. That guy's attempts to defend that murderer of the abortion doctor were pathetic.

Great Weinberg quote also from Dawkins. Can't wait to see the rest of it.

10/5/06 4:08 pm  
Blogger Krystalline Apostate said...

Hi, Beep(?). Do you have any preference, or is BBIM okay?
Anyways, I heard/read this once (can't recall the attribution), & it's stuck w/me always.
"The root of all evil is man's inability to sit at home alone."
I have TROAE on DVD. It's a wicked watch indeed.
Haggard gave me the absolute creeps. There's a vacancy behind his eyes that, well, I'd not trust him w/the time of day.
It's a toss-up between the Jewish muslim & TH, as to who is scarier, IMO.
Is "chechenkawhatpooie" a real word, or is there some wordplay involved that I'm missing?

12/5/06 9:45 am  

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