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He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist.
The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain.
Last week Baroness Warsi, the Tory party chairman, warned of a tide of “militant secularism” challenging the religious foundations of British society.
The discussion, in Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, attracted attention from around the world.
As well as being relayed to two other theatres, it was streamed live on the internet and promoted fierce debate on the Twitter social network.
For much of the discussion the Archbishop sat quietly listening to Prof Dawkins’s explanations of human evolution.
At one point he told the professor that he was “inspired” by “elegance” of the professor’s explanation for the origins of life – and agreed with much of it.
Prof Dawkins told him: “What I can’t understand is why you can’t see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that life started from nothing – that is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God?”
Dr Williams replied that he “entirely agreed” with the “beauty” of Prof Dawkins’s argument but added: “I’m not talking about God as an extra who you shoehorn on to that.”
There was surprise when Prof Dawkins acknowledged that he was less than 100 per cent certain of his conviction that there is no creator.
The philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, who chaired the discussion, interjected: “Why don’t you call yourself an agnostic?” Prof Dawkins answered that he did.
An incredulous Sir Anthony replied: “You are described as the world’s most famous atheist.”
The photo on the left is of John Travolta. Is the photo on the right the 1860 version of John Travolta?
Is reincarnation incompatible with Christianity?
It could be that we get second, third and fourth chances here on earth to get it right.
Why Obama did not issue an Easter Proclamation, while issuing proclamations for every Muslim holiday
President Obama did not issue an Easter Proclamation even though he has issued proclamation for every Muslim holiday (even the minor ones), Earth Day, and Caesar Chavez Day.
Was this an intentional omission by Barack Obama, or was this just White House incompetence?
You’d have to assume it was intentional.
The White House has a calendar and has people in charge of carefully going through it to make sure exactly this sort of thing never happens.
The forgetting of Easter by President Obama puts this interview with George Stephanopoulos in a new light. Here’s Obama refers to his “Muslim faith” . . .
Obama: “My Muslim Faith”
Obama lapdog Stephanopoulos dutifully corrected Obama. And it’s possible this was just an innocent slip of the tongue.
If you’re a Christian, do you every accidentally refer to your Muslim faith?
Is this idea even on your mind?
Clearly, “my Muslim faith’ was on Obama’s mind here.
Usually, slips of the tongue reveal what’s really on one’s mind. The truth accidentally slips out — as in: “When did you get so fat?”
That’s a slip of the tongue. It reveals what’s really on your mind.
Now with President Obama’s omission of an Easter proclamation this year, the “my Muslim faith” comment should raise eyebrows even higher.
Now, you would think Obama would make absolutely certain not to snub Christians in this way, if for no other reason than that he wants to get reelected in 2012.
Any politician with any sense at all would know that you don’t just skip mentioning the Christian faith’s most holy day — the day Christ rose from the dead — not when 90 percent of the country is a Christian of some kind.
So why did he do it?
The only explanation is: He just doesn’t like Easter much.
We know he doesn’t like America very much, because he’s told us so. Now we learn he doesn’t like Easter or Christianity very much either. There’s really not much Barack Obama likes about this country or this civilization.
His feelings about this must be very strong to override all political calculations.
Given all the questions raised about Obama’s supposed Christian faith, you would think he would make every effort not to offend Christians. But no. He never misses an opportunity to insult Christians.
I never fully understood why they call today ‘Good Friday.’
Torture, followed by crucifixion.
I supposed it’s because God ultimately turns evil into good. The good here being there could be no resurrection without death first.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.
“The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe,” Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star.
“Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” he said in a sermon to some 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast day.
AFP: Christians in the Middle East prepared on Friday to celebrate Christmas, some in fear of attacks against their community, as in Iraq, and others in the most discreet way possible, as in Saudi Arabia.
For Iraq’s battered Christian community, threats of attacks from Al-Qaeda and mourning for the victims of an October massacre at a Baghdad church have turned a normally festive season into one of fear and sadness.
Many mass gatherings in Iraq were cancelled on Friday, and Saturday services will be held during the morning for safety reasons.
Security measures have been stepped up after Al-Qaeda threats against Christians, with protective walls erected around some churches and the number of soldiers and police guarding churches strengthened.
On October 31, militants laid siege to Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation church, leaving 44 worshippers, two priests and seven security forces personnel dead in an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq.
Ten days later a string of attacks targeted the homes of Christians in Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 33 others.