Yes well look, the more important a particular belief is to us, the more strongly we will ignore or reject evidence suggesting that we are wrong. So what are the most central beliefs that people hold? Their religious beliefs...This is used as a grounds for concluding that what Dawkins is doing is wrong.
This is not the first time I've seen such thoughts expressed, and I hope it will destroy the delusion that the "moderate atheists" (or whatever they want to call themselves) are somehow being respectful of religious people. The reality is that they're treating them as dumb brutes that need to be handled rather than spoken honestly too. Dawkins, in contrast, is expecting religious people to act like adults. There may be a tendency to lash out when people don't live up to expectations, but at least the horribly condescending approach of Nisbet and his cohorts is avoided.
Tags: Richard Dawkins, Matt Nisbet, atheism, ScienceBlogs