Snippets from Richard Dawkins' recent interview with the Guardian's Alok Jha:
When you talk to people like bishops...they look to me as though they don't really believe in a supernatural being... The sort of god that they believe in seems to be so wishy-washy, so sort of undefinable, so hard to get your hands on, sort of slips out of your face like a slippery bar of soap.
You do your science separately, but when it comes to faith, you suddenly switch off all your questioning faculties.
I think they [the bishops] are wrong...but I don't think they are insane.
If you disagree with something, then what you do is you come back and argue. You don't say "Oh, I feel insulted"; you argue...Religion has carved out for itself a special protected niche where instead of arguing it says "I am insulted or I am offended". I think that offense is what people take when they can't take an argument. It's a kind of last resort.
My interest in religion is actually a scientific interest...The fundamental question of religion, which is does god exist?, is a scientific question.
In America science is under attack from the right, which pretty much means the religious right.
Download the podcast of the interview here.
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