Monday, February 20, 2012

Here is an event that ought to be well worthwhile: a dialogue between Richard Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams on "The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin" on February 23, 2012. The dialogue, not a debate mind you, begins at 16:00 hours until 17:30, GMT I suspect, and is available live on by webcast at http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/. That is what makes this quite delightful; if you want to watch it live, you can! For those of us on CST, there is a six hour difference from GMT, so the debate would begin at 10:00 am. If you cannot watch the dialogue live, it will be available after the event as well.

The reason this promises to be excellent is that the Archbishop of Canterbury is a skilled philosopher and theologian and Dawkins is often accused of taking down straw men or examining the weakest arguments for religion in his writings or disputing with those who are unskilled and untrained in the ways of dialogue and debate. The Archbishop is a worthy discussion partner for Richard Dawkins. Will Dawkins be able to measure up? That is the question.

John W. Martens

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