Dawkins: "Somebody As Intelligent As Jesus Would Have Been An Atheist"

Dawkins: "Somebody As Intelligent As Jesus Would Have Been An Atheist" October 25, 2011

“To the extent that a religious person believes an obvious falsehood like the world is only 6,000 years old, I’m going to have an argument with them,” Dawkins explained. “Your tea-drinking vicar who doesn’t believe that… I mean, of course those people are very different and I would have a very different kind of argument with them.”

“I wrote and article called ‘Atheists for Jesus,’ I think it was… Somebody gave me a t-shirt: ‘Atheists for Jesus.’ Well, the point was that Jesus was a great moral teacher and I was suggesting that somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist if he had known what we know today.”

Full audio of the interview. Below is a video excerpt from the interview (the Dawkins part starts at 1:50).

Would Jesus have been an atheist? Do you think maybe he was a kind of atheist for his time in any way?

The tip of the iceberg of what I think of Jesus can be found in just a few posts on this site: Gays, Jesus, and Judging, The Evils of the Sermon on the Mount (Part 1), and What Would Jesus Not Do.

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