Last night on the ABC’s Q&A, atheist-at-large Richard Dawkins went head-to-head with the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell (see here). No offense to Pell, he’s a Pastor to priests, a manager of huge resources, and a spokesperson for thousands of people, but he does not have the intellectual and philosophical clout to take on a professional Christian-basher. I mean, Pell used to be a professional football player (as much as AFL is “football”). So Pell was a poor choice to take on Dawkins if you ask me. But it remains that the whole debate did nothing more than to ingrain polarities and to increase mutual prejudices. Nothing was advanced by the exchange.
Any way, over at ABC Religion & Ethics, Scott Stephens has a good take on the debate, and I loved his remark about Dawkins:
Richard Dawkins is not only the most theologically illiterate of the non-believing ultra-Darwinists, but he is also notoriously unsophisticated on questions of ethics and moral obligation.