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David Quinn is one of Ireland's best known religious and social affairs commentators. For over six years, he was editor of The Irish Catholic, Ireland's main Catholic weekly newspaper. He has written weekly opinion columns for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Business Post. He has contributed to publications such as First Things, the Human Life Review and the Wall Street Journal (Europe edition). Currently, he is working freelance and contributes weekly columns to The Irish Independent, Ireland's biggest selling daily paper, and The Irish Catholic. He appears regularly on Irish radio and television current affairs programmes. In January 2007, he founded the Iona Institute, a think-tank promoting the practice of religion and the family based on marriage.

Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme into the lexicon, helping found memetics. In 1982, he made a widely cited contribution to the science of evolution with the theory, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that phenotypic effects are not limited to an organism's body but can stretch far into the environment, including into the bodies of other organisms. He has since written several best-selling popular books, and appeared in a number of television and radio programmes, concerning evolutionary biology, creationism, and religion.

Dawkins is an outspoken atheist, secular humanist, and sceptic, and he is a prominent member of the Brights movement. In a play on Thomas Huxley's epithet "Darwin's bulldog", Dawkins' impassioned advocacy of evolution has earned him the appellation "Darwin's rottweiler".

Here's the debate:

David Quinn debates Richard Dawkins on Ryan Tubridy
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    Anonymous April 5, 2010 at 7:45 PM , said...

    Belief isn't evidence.

     
    Catholic Audio April 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM , said...

    True, belief is not evidence. Evidence is evidence. Belief is belief. That's sorta' inherent in the definitions of the words.

    Your point?

     
    Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM , said...

    Belief is not evidence:

    I would like to say that while belief and evidence are two different things, and everybody acknowledges that, the main thing is that belief would like to have control over the evidence, or to have the same status in hte first place.

    To me, belief is not evidence means it cannot reach the same status. Evidence is, and has always been, the ultimate test for knowledge. It is the way to distinguish true knowledge from mere wordplay.

     

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