… because he can’t be sure God doesn’t exist …
Says John Bingham at the Telegraph (February 24, 2012)
He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist.
The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain.
But this is what he was saying three years ago:
Biologist Richard Dawkins launches into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage.
One hopes that agnostics will protest. Do agnostics, usually noted for tolerance, wish to take responsibility for the intolerance of Dawkins – and the new atheist crowd in general?
Put another way, do most agnostics want Dawkins speaking for them?