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Is Richard Dawkins actually thinking about religion now?

Are We Making a Difference?
May 20, 2010 by Larry Taunton

Last autumn I had a lengthy (and, frankly, bizarre) exchange with famed atheist provocateur Richard Dawkins. While I will not here divulge his remarks on that occasion, I will reveal one of mine and a subsequent statement he made to The Times. At one point in the conversation, I said:

“I have a theory that Islam is making great inroads in Britain precisely because of the collapse of the Church there and the corresponding rise of secularism. The Church is the traditional bulwark against barbarism and a secularist society is ill-equipped to defeat an absolutist ideology like Islam because it offers nothing of substance: no purpose, no moral foundation, and no hope.”

This was to refute his assertion that Christianity is irrational and in response to the concern he had expressed about radical Islam. I was pointing out to him that Christianity, the religion he attacks with such relish, is our only hope and defense against Islam, an idea that he had never countenanced. Suddenly, a few weeks ago, he was quoted as saying this to The Times:

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

It is a stunning reversal of his previous position that Christianity is a societal ill that must be eradicated. The comment also strongly suggests that our conversation was not without some effect on him. Dare we hope that he is realizing the damage he has done? Probably not…

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