Richard Dawkins having his say
Professor Dawkins will be answering questions on the BBC’s World Service Have Your Say programme on Sunday 9 December at 2.06 pm.
Pope Benedict has attacked atheism in his latest encyclical. He says it is responsible for some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in history. He adds “man needs God, otherwise he remains without hope”.
Professor Dawkins says “many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense … September 11th 2001 changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense”.
Did God invent man or did man invent God? Does religion stoke conflict or help to avoid it? Is it possible to have hope without belief? Does science provide more answers than religion? Is atheism a religion?
If you want to take part in the programme, contact the BBC through their website (see link above).