Sunday, December 09, 2007

BBC World Service - talk to Richard Dawkins

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Ask 'The God Delusion' author Richard Dawkins

Our guest on the Have Your Say programme on Sunday 9 December will be Professor Richard Dawkins. He is an outspoken atheist who says science explains the world better than religion.

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?

Professor Richard Dawkins will be our guest on the Have Your Say programme at 1406 GMT on Sunday 9 December. If you want to take part in the programme please leave your phone number with your comment.

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