RICHARD DAWKINS ADMITSTO BEING NOMINAL ATHEIST

From THE HEATHEN HUB:

Giles Fraser is not just a CofE priest, but also a former journalist, and well-used to debate and comment. He immediately ripped into Dawkins about the question of who is actually a Christian; Fraser put it in terms of fairness and self-identification.

Dawkins tried arguing against this, but was visibly struggling to get across his point of view. He conflated a moral argument about who is actually a Christian with an evidential argument about who self-identifies as one. It got worse. Dawkins got onto the comprehensive list of questions used in the poll to determine who was "really" Christian. He mentioned quite a few who so self-identified did not even know what the first book of the New Testament was.

So then he got asked if he could name the full title of Darwin's famous 1859 book, The Origin Of Species (its full title is, "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life"). He immediately and firmly replied he could. So he got asked to.

Whoops. He struggled around; he managed to finally get out part of the full title, but by the time he had done so, he was left looking foolish, and Giles Fraser, who is no stranger to hard debate, simply moved on leaving the fail hanging there in the air.

Do go read the rest of nice atheist, Gurdur's post on this debate. It's excellently written. I'm just glad that the poster boy of faithlessness is Dawkins and not Gurdur. If it was the other way around we could be in real trouble. As it is, after initial success in attracting many of the bitter and trendy to their side by pushing Dawkins out front, the anti-religion brigade (anti-religion as opposed to atheists) are now finding his belligerent, philosophically weak fundamentalism a bit of a liability and one, that I predict, will end up leading the public (believers and atheists alike) to sympathise with Christians. Remember, it worked for the Christians in the arenas of Rome. All we have to do is be nice and wait and Dawkins will eventually become the new Nero. Fiddle away Richard!

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