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March 12, 2008

RSU to Present Review of Works by and About Richard Dawkins

Dr. Frank Grabowski, an assistant professor of philosophy at Rogers State University, will discuss the writings and ideas of Richard Dawkins Friday, March 14, at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library. During his lecture about the British evolutionary biologist, Grabowski will review two books: "The God Delusion,"  by Dawkins and "The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine,"  by Alister and Joanna Collicutt McGrath.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. in room 207 of library and is free and open to the public.

Dawkins argues that religion has long enjoyed insulation from criticism; however, given the frequency with which it serves destructive ends, the time has come to tear down its wall of undeserved respect and to expose the very hypothesis of an existing God as delusional.

Grabowski plans to dissect Dawkins ideas and discuss his own critique of the author's works.

"The focus of my review will be on Dawkins' assessment of theism, and specifically on his argument that God's existence is improbable," Grabowski said. "In the end, I hope to show that, while Dawkins is gifted with a powerful rhetorical voice and wry sense of humor, his bias towards scientism and obvious lack of philosophic training ultimately combine to undermine the validity of his argument."

Grabowski earned his doctoral and master's degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. His book, "Plato, Metaphysics, and the Forms", will be published by Continuum Books in May.

More information is available by contacting the RSU Stratton Taylor Library at 918-343-7716.