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Cardinal Pell Debates Dawkins

Catholic Culture has a short summation of the debate and links to three stories describing it. It seems to me that Cardinal Pell fared pretty well:

A televised debate between Cardinal George Pell of Sydney and the crusading atheist Richard Dawkins drew headline coverage in Australia, but left viewers split on the merits of the argument.

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Mary De Voe said...

"...in part because Dawkins backed away from a strictly atheistic stand, and in part because Dawkins offered no guidance at all regarding the meaning of life in a godless universe." Had Dawkins embraced atheism to its final end, he would have annihilated himself. God is BEING. God is EXISTENCE.

Anonymous said...

Just finished watching it. Two very bright men talking pretty inteligently but the "page 92" misrepresentation of Darwin being a theist when he was an agnostic was quote mining.

A good watch, thanks for posting

Jon said...

Thanks for posting. Reblogged: http://goo.gl/hhPGm . Is it just me or is Dawkins really increasing his work for secularism. I'm actually impressed at how passionate his is about it...but it makes me wonder if there is some other explanation for why he is so passionate.

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed with Cardinal Pell. I thought he would have been much better. I think this was a missed opportunity to influence, not Dawkins, but people watching who might have been swayed.

Sophia's Favorite said...

The question Dawkins still runs away from: how is Nietzsche wrong about the moral implications of atheism?

It's been 112 years since he died, and 128 since he announced the death of God. And yet still atheists are so many moralistic little chickie-pies, whose only response to his challenge is so much wishful thinking and Clap Your Hands If You Believe—a lower form of fideism than the lowest kind of altar-call revival tent.

Apparently the tremendous event is still traveling, and has not yet reached the ears of man.

"This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite the English flatheads."—Nietzsche, "G. Eliot", from "Skirmishes of an Untimely Man", in Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

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