Explore the complexities of atheism and science in this hour-long documentary presented by Rod Liddle. Originally airing on Channel 4 in December 2006, the film delves into the perceived similarities between atheism and religion, critiquing notions of arrogance and intolerance.

Featuring interviews with prominent scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Peter Atkins, and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne, as well as Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists, the program offers a diverse range of perspectives.

Liddle opens the documentary by examining common criticisms of religion, particularly focusing on arguments surrounding religious violence. He posits that human desire for certainty and justification, rather than religion itself, often fuels such conflicts, highlighting the growing dogmatism within atheism.

Throughout the film, Liddle presents compelling examples of atheist behavior that mirror religious attitudes, labeling figures like Atkins and Dawkins as “fundamentalist atheists” and “evangelists.”

Addressing the perception of science as superior to religion, Liddle argues that science itself can be viewed as quasi-religious. He likens institutions like Fermilab to temples of science and positions Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species as a revered text within atheist circles.

Delve into “The Trouble with Atheism” to challenge preconceptions and engage in critical discourse on the intersection of atheism, science, and religion.

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