I’m A Six On The Dawkins Scale

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins created a scale of points along the spectrum of humanity’s belief in God. The scale ranges from 1 (total belief in God) to 7 (total non-belief) with 4 being exactly 50/50.

I put myself in category 6 along with most of the atheists I know. I find it amusing how many people include themselves in category 1 with absolutely zero skepticism. They KNOW! Give me a break. It’s very difficult to know anything when it comes to really complex things. We can be 99% sure – like really, really positively sure about things, like gravity, but there’s always the chance we’ll discover something new. That’s the beauty of science. It’s assimilating new data as it comes in instead of relying on an ancient book written in the first century.

I liked Dawkins’ scale and wanted to do a little more than just write about it, so I created a set of 14 images (7 for light backgrounds and 7 for dark) that you can download and put on your blog to show where you stand on the scale. Some of the text on the images differs slightly from Dawkins’ but, I think, maintain the meaning. If you edit or improve the images, let me know in the comments and I may update the whole set.

5 thoughts on “I’m A Six On The Dawkins Scale

  1. Ian Sapeli

    I am having this debate with my friends. Where do you see Einstein on this scale? I consider him a 3 or 4.

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  2. Christopher Sisk Post author

    If you consider the most recently auctioned letter written by him, I’d say it’s safe to put him in category 6.

    The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.

    Einstein has always been a confusing area when it came to the question of his belief in a god. He used the term ‘god’ occasionally but more to express the sense of awe and wonder that filled him when he considered the nature of the universe than belief in a supernatural or personal entity.

    I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounding admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. – Albert Einstein

    In the purest definition of th word, Einstein was an atheist.

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  3. Pam

    I would find fairly convincing the same evidence that convinced people in the Bible – a personal visit and conversation. Preferably when I hadnt been drinking or doing drugs, wasn’t in a weakened state, and was in the company of a few of my most level-headed friends, who saw and heard pretty much the same thing I did.
    And further, if said visitor offered a reasonable and not unkind explanation of why he/she has been so reluctant to speak up audibly and unmistakably for 2000 years.
    I would also appreciate an explanation of why he/she required praise all the time.
    And why all the focus on faith- belief without reason, when reason is one of our greatest attributes (or gifts, if you will).

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  4. rafcmptrxprt

    The book wasn’t written in the first century to start with. Moreover, for anyone to conclude that there is no God is actually very foolish; as you’ve said, there are a lot of things that we don’t know and it would be presumptuous to conclude that there is indeed no God.

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