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Richard Dawkins is releasing an atheist children’s book


Published: 30 October 2018 (GMT+10)
Richard Dawkins- by Mike Cornwell

Richard Dawkins is making the news again: he has unveiled his plans to publish another book aimed at promoting atheism to children (he has done this before with The Magic of Reality). Descriptions of this book are bizarre, underscoring the puerile, petty and intentionally blasphemous nature of its contents; it is said to include gory depictions of biblical sacrifices and even of Jesus committing a murder!1 To anyone remotely educated on the Bible, the question of why Dawkins would even think of depicting the sinless Savior of humanity committing murder (beyond the obvious aforementioned desire to commit blasphemy) is a real head-scratcher.

This new effort comes across as more than a little hypocritical coming from a man who has gone on record many times railing against the ‘indoctrination’ of children by their religious parents! Apparently anti-religious indoctrination is perfectly fine, showing the double standard for what it is. Dawkins claims his book is not about indoctrinating children, but rather it is about ‘freeing’ them from religion. What could the distinction possibly be, though? How is it ‘freeing’ a child to expose them to intentionally offensive, blasphemous imagery?

Dawkins’s book shows us that the battle for ideas is waged first and foremost with our children. Proverbs teaches us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (22:6). It would seem that atheistic dysangelists (Greek for “bad messengers”) are keen to try on this bit of wisdom for themselves in pushing their atheism directly to children.

This book raises another rather odd question: why would an atheist bother wasting time writing a book for children about the fact that there is no god in the first place? If Dawkins really disbelieves in God, why bother spending large quantities of time attempting to proselytize people with his insight that God is not real? Would this not be comparable to someone writing a children’s book about how Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are not real? If I recall correctly, Dawkins himself has compared belief in God to belief in Santa Claus2, yet as of now there do not appear to be any plans in the works for Dawkins to take up the topic of Santa Claus in a children’s book. Why not? I suggest the real reason is that Dawkins is not angry at Santa Claus—he is angry at the one true God, and is venting that anger in every way he can think of.

Naturally, no book on selling atheism would be complete without a section on evolution, emphasizing once again the fact that evolution is the cornerstone of modern atheism—and showing us how vitally important creation apologetics really is in equipping the church to fight back against the secular propaganda. One of the primary roles that we fill here at CMI is producing resources which equip families to be ready for evolutionary onslaughts and strengthen the faith of Christians around the globe. We have many such resources available at the children’s section of our webstore.

To highlight just two examples: the Exploring series with Mr. Hibb (one book on geology, one on dinosaurs) is extremely helpful in introducing a creationary understanding of these topics to children ranging from around 10 to 15 years of age; for teens and families we also offer A Question of Origins by Shelby McFarlane.

Jesus said, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6). Warnings like this should make us all shudder when we think of the eventual fate of people who intentionally try to separate children from their Father in heaven, but at the same time we should be motivated to redouble our efforts at protecting them as the fight for worldviews continues to intensify in our time.

References and notes

  1. Burgess, K., Richard Dawkins writes a picturebook to ‘free’ children from religion, thetimes.co.uk, 25 August 2018. Return to text.
  2. Weaver, M., You can call me a big bad wolf but not a bore, says Richard Dawkins, theguardian.com, 5 June 2014. Return to text.

Helpful Resources

Exploring Geology with Mr Hibb
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Exploring Dinosaurs with Mr Hibb
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Readers’ comments

Arby A.
I'm a firm supporter of CMI but just to play devil's advocate for a moment, I think the paragraph about Santa Claus and the Easter bunny isn't doing our side any favours because the counter-argument is reasonably sound.
While it's clear to any observer that Dawkins hates God, rather than simply disbelieving in Him, he does have logical reasons for writing such a book, even if God was as imaginary as the Easter Bunny:
Practically 100% of adults do not believe in a literal Santa Claus/Easter bunny even if they did believe as children. Nobody (that I know of) bases a religion or world-view around those figures so they pose no threat to atheism. There are no long-term consequences of childhood belief in those figures that an atheist should take issue with. Therefore, atheists (including Dawkins) need not spend time indoctrinating children against those figures.
The same can't be said for the God of the Bible. Billions of people continue to believe in Him as adults (with plenty of reasons to so so). Billions of people allow Him to influence their decisions and actions (as they should). Those are things God-hating atheists like Dawkins can't abide. Hence, his latest picture book. While deplorable (to us), it’s logically consistent with Dawkins' own standards.

Having said all that, this wasn’t the main point of your article so maybe I'm being pedantic. Thank you for informing us of Dawkins' latest attack.
Paul Price
Eh, I think the point is still valid, because I cannot see, from an atheist perspective, why it should matter if people continue believing in God as adults, or if they allow that to influence their actions. If atheism is true, then ultimately it is evolution that influences all of our actions (or actually, mutations and natural selection). So therefore, if people are continuing to believe in God, there must be some evolutionary advantage to it, right? Why fight against that? It is ultimately pointless for atheists to spend their lives dysvangelizing, even if they are right!
Tony F.
Amen to that Meg S.
Elizabeth M.
How can science comment on the spiritual, one is about observing the material, science is neo-paganism and faith is about the metaphysical, the transcendent and divine. People of faith can comment on science because we too live in our material world, but how can a materialist comment on the divine when they have no knowledge or understanding of it. Only those who believe and are born-again can know God.
Dean R.
I wonder if Dawkins touched on Eugenics & Down Syndrome as he seeks to elevate his miraculous life from non life narrative above the Maker of heaven and earth who made all things wise and wonderful and jam packed with design.

So many seek to re imagine Jesus into anything and everything other than who he truly claimed to be revealed in the text of the Holy Bible. In this sense Dawkins is no more or less the same as any other works based devout faith adherent offering a religious tract designed to convert regardless of his bent regarding forensic unobserved deluded science.Richard the religious & his big red bus of probability takes his false message further a field.
Bill P.
I remember my history. When Hitler took power he made a comment about those adults who were against him.
"So you say you won't join me. That's alright because I already have your children in my camp teaching them my way of thinking. You are old and will soon pass away, your children are young and they will be around longer than you"
There are many reasons for praying for The Lord's soon return, for the sake of the children everywhere saving as many as possible from this insane world has been one of those at the top of my list for some time now.
Scripture (The Word of God) has this covered, "it would be better for them to tie a millstone around their neck and cast it into the sea than it would be for them to offend one of these little ones"
David S.
I say much more frightful a judgment to those who in the name of the Savior are complicit in spreading the evolution myth and/or long-age dogma that flies in the face of the biblical record. At least Dawkins’ attack is expected and from “outside the camp”. If memory serves me, Jesus’ warning was to those who were religious yet teaching a twisted view of scripture, causing His little ones to stumble. Loving food for thought to those who think it doesn’t matter what they teach about creation/origins.
S H.
The irony (satanic in origin of course) is that those who claim to be 'freeing' others from 'religion' (notice how they discreetly leave out any criticism of Islam for example) are themselves neither free, nor bringing any freedom. They are in fact aggressively pushing their secular religious system exclusively - full of 'high priests', dogma, legalism and silencing of differing views. This is a narcissistic and harsh system full of judgment and 'excommunication' from polite society if you offend the gods of the age, with little chance of 'repentance'. This atheism is producing a system far more cruel than anything that Christianity has ever been accused of. The good news is that, ironically, this unforgiving secular fundamentalism only further reveals the true freedom, forgiveness, restoration, selflessness and hope that is in Jesus. Increasingly the Good News is good news. One very open and friendly atheist on an Alpha course I attended admitted quite freely that many atheists are afraid to engage with Christians in case they 'get converted.' No wonder the satanic assault is so hostile!
Norman W.
There is obviously some extreme hatred and anger this man has of God. We cannot know what his driving force is, other than sin nature, but he has somehow been disappointed by God in an extreme way. I pray for the man. It is this kind if irrationality that is setting the stage for those parents who are now saying they will not influence the emotional gender of their children by calling them he or she, but will allow them to determine their gender and will only refer to them as they or them. This is another "atheistic" indoctrination and abuse of children that exemplifies and amplifies the teachings of the Father Of Lies. I praise God that we are just passing through this world and will work to expose those who are lost to the teachings of Jesus, which are the only solution to the lies that are being propagated.
Cameron N.
Such folly, and yet that is what we see all the time in our current age. I think we Christians are losing our influence on pretty much every sphere of society... politics, education, media/culture, business, law communal values etc. and it's all because of a systemic effort being brought about via atheists and God haters like Dawkins and their unwitting king Satan the father of lies. Truly the majority have become lukewarm Christians in these last days.

While I understand that Christians are at a disadvantage in many areas, I think Christians truly do not understand that the war front with media/culture is almost wholly dominated by Christ haters who promote anti-biblical values. In these fields they actually offer incentives to those who promote progressive (sinful) morals and they advertise their works wholly and seek to completely shut out any work that does not fit the bill. Christian media creators are mostly caught up in echo chambers entertaining their selves, while practically none truly reach those who aren't looking. The media/culture authorities of today actively thumb down would be C.S. Lewis's, Arthur Clokeys, and J.R.R Tolkiens.

I say all this to say that this field is very similar to your sciences field at large. Dominated by Atheists and those who do not love God. Like as documented in the "Slaughter of the Dissidents" many in this field are ousted and kept from getting any influential positions merely by their faith and beliefs.

And a sad thing too as children are typically exposed to media at an early age and it helps shape their beliefs in a way only entertainment can. Via Pavlovian, Hypnotic gestures where kids slowly take a conclusion due to the positive portrayals of wicked morality hidden in a work.
Edmond C.
I don't see this being that effective, offensive yes, effective no. The main reason is that no Christian parent is going to get this into the hands of their children. And despite how awful the school systems are, providing this to children seems beyond the pale even in that realm. So in reality its just going to be a novelty item for diehard Atheist to purchase and maybe give to their children or attempt to give it to their nieces and nephews who's parents will likely throw it out or perhaps even better use it as a teaching tool if they are Christians. Obviously, I would prefer if Dawkins would not produce such blasphemy, but I think as a parent, I'm far more concerned about making sure my child understand the Biblical creation view well enough when they are teenagers to refute the messages that come to them at that age. This nonsense is meant to offend, which Dawkins loves to do, and I'm not going to give him that pleasure myself.
Paul Price
"And despite how awful the school systems are, providing this to children seems beyond the pale even in that realm."

I certainly hope and pray you are correct about that. It seems all the time I am hearing about things occurring in schools that would have certainly been 'beyond the pale' even a few years ago.
Meg S.
Wouldn’t it be a good thing if we recognized that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD” (Hab. 2:14), not the legacy of Richard Dawkins? If we can’t shut him up, we should use his blasphemy to teach our children that, with every wicked, atheistic thought and belief he expresses, he heaps praise on our Christian faith. Because we will expose his errors with the truth, and reinforce our doctrines and true history all the more because someone like Dawkins must be refuted. And each time we will be showing the glorious mercy and compassion and forgiveness that are fundamentals of Christianity, because no one will be seeking to kill Dawkins for all his foulness, no one will be gunned down or beheaded because he has blasphemed our God. Wouldn’t it be another good thing if all of us around the globe who name the name of Christ committed to praying for the soul of this poor blind deluded man? At his age, it can’t be too long before it’s too late. But if God could save the apostle Paul, if He could save John Newton, and so many other vile blasphemers through history (I include myself) with His amazing grace, then He can save Richard Dawkins.
Michael W.
If it wasn't so tragic it would be laughable. Brilliant mind or Satanic pawn? You decide.
Steven B.
And Dawkins is the great authority who pointed out there has never been an atheist society in the history of mankind.He then explains religious behaviours are in our DNA and therefore must have "survival" value. So he is NOT in favour of people making up their own minds and behaving according to their natural religious impulse. They must be carefully bent out of shape by brainwashing. While he repeatedly does commercials for pedophilia. LOL
Gabriel S.
"And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matt 18:5-6
Bernard G.
Writers of children's books need to be acutely aware that today, your average child is keenly aware of observable, repeatable science versus irrational superstitious anti-science nonsense. The life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth was replete with multiple reliable corroborated eyewitness testimony (verbal and written) who recounted His words, miracles, crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension into Heaven. These people stubbornly maintained their account and refused to recant or deviate from what they said even after most of them were arrested, beaten, tortured and ultimately executed. Atheism on the other hand is an irrational blind-faith "leap in the dark" belief in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything. Put that in your book, Dick!
Terry D P.
In Gn§2:9 we read…
“The LORD God made trees spring from the ground, all trees pleasant to look at and good for food; and in the middle of the garden he set the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
…and in Gn§2:15-17 we read…
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and care for it. He told the man, ‘You may eat from every tree in the garden, but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for on the day that you eat from it, you will certainly die.’”
After this, we read in Gn§3:1-5…
“THE SERPENT WAS more crafty than any wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Is it true that God has forbidden you to eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, except for the tree in the middle of the garden; God has forbidden us either to eat or to touch the fruit of that; if we do, we shall die.’ The serpent said, ‘Of course you will not die. God knows that as soon as you eat it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods [God] knowing both good and evil.’”
When the serpent said, ‘Of course you will not die’, he was lying; because subsequent events proved that God’s Word was true, when Adam and Eve died after eating the forbidden/poison fruit.
Today, a “talking snake” may not be telling us that the Word of God is a liar, but we do have the “next best thing to a talking snake”, the human Richard Dawkins spruiking the lie that God does not exist.
[‘Your father is the devil and you choose to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and is not rooted in the truth; there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie he is speaking his own language, for he is a liar.’—Jn§8:44—Word of God.]
Richard G.
Bro. Price is so easy to understand! Praise God. What about getting us all to write a tract that can be produced at bedrock price to distribute widely at school gates and street corners and in letter boxes? The best several tracts could be displayed in this column by CMI and we can take it from there printing our own choice of tract for the gospel and exposing evolution and its bedfellows. " Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." is a command from the Lord Jesus who gave Himself on the cross for us and 3 days later rose again, exactly as He had prophesied so many times.
Philip G.
Jesus spoke of these things so that we would not be surprised.
John 15: 18-20 “(Jesus said ) If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they (followers of Jesus) kept My word, they will keep yours also."

Then comforts His people with the Lord's victory and derision for those who rise against Him, so that we might not fear.
Psalm 2: 2-4 "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed (Jesus), saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision."
Nichola W.
The attack on children is becoming more irrational and demented not just in this case, as the time allotted for God's enemies draws to a close. Christians in the West need to prepare for an increase in the type of persecution that their brothers and sisters else where have been facing for years. We need the courage to stand for the Truth, and not be afraid of looking foolish for Christ. I know it's easier said then done.
Albie D.
The urgency of uniting in the war against the forces of darkness must be ignited by the Spirit of our God. Please wake our eyes , minds and hearts to be Alive in fighting for those little ones. For Christ!

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