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Richard Dawkins
The Oxford University Professor Daniel Came wrote to the agnostic and evolutionist Richard Dawkins:: "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[1]

Cowardice is lack of resolve, fortitude, or bravery. A coward is typically seen as being intrinsically weak. Cowardice is not the same as fear, as a complete lack of fear is rather stupidity than bravery; a coward simply does not know how to deal with their fear like a whole, complete, regular adult person. [2] Such inability to deal with challenging situations leads to a variety of coping mechanisms. A coward will typically show a lot of false courage and braggadocio, but when confronted will respond first with dishonesty and then slink away. A coward will often invent excuses for avoiding conflict, a wide open schedule will suddenly become full, an acceptable medium for communication will suddenly become unacceptable, an acceptable opponent will become untouchable for some minor reason. [3]

In most English-speaking countries, the animal most associated with cowardice is the chicken.

See also


  1. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011
  2. Am I a coward for having fear? Associated Content, Retrieved Sept 17th 2011
  3. Signs of a coward eHow, Retrieved Sept 17th 2011