Dawkins: ‘Religion is redundant and irrelevant’

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.”



As I was walking along the beach with my Imaginary Jesus, we left two sets of footprints in the sand.  After a while, there was only one set of footprints.  ‘Imaginary Jesus,’ I cried, ‘why have you abandoned me?’  Imaginary Jesus replied, ‘that’s where high tide came in, dummy.’