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Richard Dawkins Loses Religious Debate

Richard Dawkins—probably the world's most prominent atheist—went head-to-head with the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, to debate the statement: "Religion has no place in the 21st century." Sure, Richard Dawkins. For someone who's so blazingly intelligent, he sure chooses some strange hills to die on. Never one to back down from a challenge, that Richard Dawkins. He took on Williams, and the entire, very interesting debate is on YouTube. A vote taken at the conclusion of the debate ruled overwhelmingly in Williams' favor, with 324 votes disagreeing with the original statement to 136 agreeing. Dawkins' primary argument against religion was its veracity, saying, "It is a betrayal of the intellect, a betrayal of all that's best about what makes us human." Charming sentiments. Check out the whole thing here ...

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billy mcmahon

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billy mcmahon commented…

If you're going to debate someone, try and summarize his/her viewpoints in such a way that s/he would actually accept. I'm really surprised that Dawkins, Ahmed, and Copson immediately assumed a particular theology that I don't think any on the other side would have agreed to. You'd think that people that hold analytic philosophy so dearly (and modernist aspirations... perhaps absolutist too?) would have communicated in a different manner.
Yes, I'm a theist. I'm a Christian. But I think it's pretty obvious who won the debate.

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