As for recorded history; as for the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Jewish patriarchs, the dynasties of Pharaohs, the legions of Rome, the Christian Fathers, the Laws of the Medes and Persians which never change; as for Troy and the Greeks, Helen and Achilles and Agamemnon dead; as for Napoleon and Hitler, the Beatles and Bill Clinton, they and everyone that knew them are blown away in the dust of one light stroke of a nail file."
Ah, but to me, that is by far the most interesting bit, particularly Troy, Aeneas and the foundation of Rome. And surely, if you take time as a concept, or even space in it's infinite vastness, it is not difficult to communicate the wonder and majesty of it all. Likewise, we can marvel at the infinite complexity of the human brain or the construction of a single flower.
I'm not doubting Professor Dawkins has a brilliant mind when talking about evolutionary biology, but step outside that and it is a different matter, all the intellectual faculties he employs favourably towards evolution, not least his passion, is somehow twisted into a parody of denigration and contempt for something he has little understanding of, or sympathy with. It's not that he approaches the subject of religious belief in an evenhanded manner, but in a supremely arrogant one, determined that his philosophy is right, and his understanding total.
That said, I have to say, I quite like the guy even if I find some of his views abhorrent. His recent comments on Downs Syndrome show more than ever why we need to discuss these issues and why I worry that human value is not determined by such scientists