On January 31st, Prof. Richard Dawkins and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, squared off in another Cambridge debate. The topic: Does religion have any role in the 21st Century?
Dawkins described religion as “redundant and irrelevant,” and a “cop-out.”
“It is a betrayal of the intellect, a betrayal of all that’s best about what makes us human. It’s a phony substitute for an explanation, which seems to answer the question until you examine it and realise that it does no such thing.”
Dawkins further labeled religion a “pernicious charlatan:”
“It peddles false explanations where real explanations could have been offered, false explanations that get in the way of the enterprise of discovering real explanations.”