Friday, February 24, 2012

Richard Dawkins vs Rowan Williams Debate Audio/Video

On February 23, 2012, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and Professor Richard Dawkins participated in a "Dialogue Event" in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University on the topic of: “The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin.” The discussion was moderated by Sir Anthony Kenny. Video of this debate/dialogue can be found at the event website here. More about the event here.

Full Debate MP3 Audio here (90 min)

Enjoy.

10 comments :

lettlander said...

Dawkins asserts he has no positive evidence to disprove God while saying in the same breath that he was a 6.9 on the scale of probability (1-7) that God did not exist.

Anonymous said...

"Joe assets he has no positive evidence that the first card in a shuffled deck will not be a queen of spades while saying in the same breath that the chances aren't big" - no problem?

_Nate said...

"Joe assets he has no positive evidence that the first card in a shuffled deck will not be a queen of spades while saying in the same breath that the chances aren't big" - no problem?"

When you speak of "a deck of cards" you are smuggling in additional information. It is common knowledge that decks of cards are composed of 52 cards and so despite the disclaimer you actually do have positive evidence that the chances "aren't big" specifically, you have positive evidence that the chances are 1 in 52.

Anonymous said...

I love you both :)

G. Kyle Essary said...

What an excellent dialogue! I really enjoyed it. As a Southern Baptist, I truly admire the graciousness of the Archbishop (even when I deeply disagree with a position here or there).

Luke said...

I find this lacklustre and fairly useless dialogue. Fairly typical of what we so easily call "apologetics" ... Its a bunch of overweight, balding, aging, sedentary Europeans exercising their intellectual egos to no effect. Where is the gospel in this? How is this apologetic?

DM-Nairobi said...

I listened to the whole debate and was left totally flabbergasted by Dr Rowan Williams answers. In his eagerness to remain ever graceful to his atheist opponent, he failed to advance any cogent or clear-cut Christian positions on the topic. In fact he seemed to agree with a lot of outrageous positions stated by Richard Dawkins! What a weakling.

Jesus himself was much more hard hitting and unabashed in stating the Truth when challenged by the Pharisees. Thats where we should be drawing our inspiration on how to defend the faith, and of course the Apostle Paul. I feel Rowan has done Christian apologetics a great disservice in this debate. No wonder he keeps equivocating when faced with the question of openly homosexual clergy in the Anglican Church.

jeremy said...

Is there some sort of Mixed Martial Arts apologetics? Sometimes we need lambs..other times lions and yes, I know I am screwing up metaphors.

Deep Thinker said...

This is not the place for mindless debate. Just enjoy listening to two actual intellectuals.

Anonymous said...

@ Deep Thinker:

"This is not the place for mindless debate."

Apparently, however, it IS the place for mindless bonhommie

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