Famously outspoken athiest and scientist Richard Dawkins
thinks he's actually been pretty gentle on religion.
"I've never been the sort of firebrand that I've been made out to be.
I'm actually quite a mild person," The God Delusion
author told Jian.
"Because people have got so used to the idea that you simply don't attack religion at all, if you do it --
even in a very gentle tone --
people hear it as thought it was firebrand language, which it really isn't."
In a wide-ranging feature chat, Dawkins spoke to Jian about his youth, his public image, and his new memoir An Appetite for Wonder
He also shares his thoughts on so-called atheist churches, why he doesn't care to "unsave" people, and how to raise more skeptical children.
Dawkins on the Charter of Quebec Values
The author also weighed in on the ongoing debate surrounding the Charter of Quebec Values
, and proposed measures that would prevent public servants from wearing "ostentatious" religious symbols.
"I don't think that it's up to government to dictate what people should wear," he said.
"My position would be that they should be a free as anybody else."Hear his full statement, in context:
How Dawkins would like to see the world change
When asked how he would like to see the world change, Dawkins answered at length.
"I would like to see people skeptical, critical, using scientific reasoning, working things out for themselves, never accepting anything on faith or revelation or tradition. Believe things only if there is evidence for it," he said.
"If that happened religion and superstition would wither away and die and the world would be all the better for it." Have ideas presented by Richard Dawkins over the years influenced your world view? Would you consider yourself an atheist?
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