Richard Dawkins says he’s not entirely sure God doesn’t exist

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world’s “most famous atheist” now says he is … Continued

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world’s “most famous atheist” now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn’t exist — but just barely.

In a 100-minute debate with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Thursday (Feb. 23), Richard Dawkins surprised his online and theater audiences by conceding a personal chink of doubt about his conviction that there is no such thing as a creator.

But, to the amusement of the archbishop and others, the evolutionary biologist swiftly added that he was “6.9 out of seven” certain of his long-standing atheist beliefs.

Replying to moderator Anthony Kenny, a noted English philosopher, Dawkins said, “I think the probability of a supernatural creator existing (is) very, very low.”

Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion” and other best-sellers, is a leader of the “New Atheist” movement that aggressively challenges belief in God and criticizes harm done in the name of religion.

“What I can’t understand is why you can’t see (that life started from nothing and) is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God,” Dawkins told Williams, according to The Daily Telegraph account.

The archbishop, who heads both the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion, replied that he “entirely agreed” with the “beauty” part of Dawkins’ statement — but said “I’m not talking about God as an extra who you can shoehorn onto that.”

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  • Rongoklunk

    It’s not news that Dawkins is not 100% sure that a god doesn’t exist. He’s a scientist and cannot prove that god is fiction. That’s all. To be totally sure there is no god is as absurd as being totally sure that there is one.

    It is not something that one can KNOW. But on the other hand Dawkins couldn’t prove the nonexistence of the FSMonster either, or Mother Goose, or the Tooth Fairy. So the headline of this article tells us nothing.

  • siylencedogood

    The reason you can’t disprove God, i.e. prove that your “opinion” of God, that He doesn’t exist, is absolutely right and true is due to the simple fact that it is impossible to disprove God within the system that God created. He does not offer you the possibility. Science is God’s creation, and as such, the rules are “His” rules which you the created are born into. It’s like the a fish in a bowl denying the one who put him there…it’s life and ability is defined by the environment it exists within.

  • plattitudes

    “It is not something that one can KNOW”

    Disagree wholeheartedly. There is a way to know that God exists, and to come to have a personal relationship with him, but to do so, you have to put aside your unbelief, and allow yourself to believe in something you can’t prove. Yep, faith. Start with logic and science, and you may not find the knowledge, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. You have to start at the beginning with faith, prayer, and attempting to seek the divine. This process in many cases takes years, decades, even a lifetime to accomplish, but the knowledge is there, and it is possible. To claim that it cannot be Known, because you do not Know it, is like claiming relativity doesn’t exist, simply because you’ve never gone the speed of light.

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