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Debate between Richard Dawkins and Madeline Bunting

Richard Dawkins, Guardian

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Stephen Moss introduces a debate between Richard Dawkins and Madeline Bunting.

From Wikipedia:

Madeline Bunting: Born in Oswaldkirk, North Yorkshire, Bunting was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she read History, and won a Knox postgraduate fellowship to study Politics and teach at Harvard. After a period working for Brooks Productions (1988-89) she joined The Guardian taking up posts as a news reporter, leader writer, religious affairs editor, associate editor and regular columnist. Bunting is noted for her advocacy of religious belief from a liberal position and her antipathy to atheism, claiming that atheists' antipathy to religion makes it impossible for them to criticise religion effectively.

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UPDATE: I gave this a listen and I'm not sure it's worth your time. Ms. Bunting self-describes as coming from a Secularist-Buddhist-Catholic tradition with much agnosticism about her Catholicism (specifically, the Virgin Birth). Needless to say, Dawkins trounces her. But...if you have a kind of morbid curiosity to see a post-Vatican II-type radical inclusivist get her hat handed to her...this is definitely the debate for you. In a word, this debate demonstrates clearly why liberals are spiritual mules -- they don't reproduce. No one in their right mind would buy what she's selling.
2 comments so far:
    Anonymous March 3, 2008 at 12:57 AM , said...

    Samuel Skinner
    Right- and here anpathy to totalitarianism makes it impossible for her to critique communism, facism and domianionalism effectively... wait, no it doesn't.

    Catholic Audio March 6, 2008 at 11:40 AM , said...


    Without hearing her presentation, I'm inclined to agree with you. However, I think the prudent thing to do would be to hear her argument before dumping a bucket of sarcasm on it.

    Just a thought.

    God Bless,


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