A short car journey gave me a chance to overhear a radio debate on BBC Radio 2. Some crackpot was arguing his viewpoint that religion was the root of all evil. I patiently listened to his views, and only rolled my eyes a few times. At the end of the segment I discovered it was Professor Richard Dawkins and instantly felt better about the whole thing. I made my peace with Dawkins when I wrote Dreamtime (which I've just this very second discovered is out of print): brilliant scientist, inept philosopher.
In terms of Temperment Theory, Kiersey suggests that those for whom the Rational temperament is primary find self-confidence in unwavering resolution. I find this idea quite useful in understanding the behaviour of people like Dawkins. I'd like to think that Dawkins genuinally believes he is doing some good by leading a witch-hunt against religion in this way... but I'd also like to suggest that if you want to do good in the world you should do good deeds, rather than publically attacking other people's belief systems - religious or scientific.
Call me a dreamer!