Don't Give That Man a Cigar!

Mark Vernon is a Brit writer, honorary researcher, and former C of E priest (supposedly turned agnostic). He has published a couple of books and has more scheduled for publication.

On the basis of these somewhat chequered credentials, Vernon fancies himself a Freudian psychoanalyst and has wrestled The God Delusion onto his fantasy couch in a misbegotten attempt to understand Dawkins' naturalist (atheistic) philosophy.

Don't give up your day job, Mark! If you wish to understand Dawkins' motivations, simply read Dawkins' explanations rather than concocting inaccurate Freudian psyscho-bubbles. (Yes, I meant to type 'bubble' because Vernon's piece is dishwater puffed up with flatus.)

Freud's so-called Oedipus and Electra complexes are meaningless puffery invented after Freud retreated from genuine clinical insights under pressure from contemporary physicians. As such, to attribute Dawkins' atheism to "psychological murder of the God/Father" begins with bilgewater and descends into madness. If you wish to understand Dawkins' motivations, consider only the strong likelihood that he values truth, morality, and life's meaning highly.

Elsewhere: Never mind what he did say . Atheism as grand oedipal symbolic act . Mark Vernon .


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