Richard Dawkins and I have been corresponding now for several years (he, by the way, initiated the exchange in May 2000). They tend to be civil exchanges, though by no means friendly. In one of my emails to him, I remarked: “I know that you personally don’t believe in God, but I want to thank you for being such a wonderful foil for theism and for intelligent design more generally. In fact, I regularly tell my colleagues that you and your work are one of God’s greatest gifts to the intelligent design movement. So please, keep at it!” The most recent interview with Dawkins in Salon confirms this (go here).