Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins' 'atheist fundamentalism'
By VICTORIA WARD - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Added: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:27:26 UTC
Melvyn Bragg poured scorn on the famous atheist's reliance on “reason” to destroy the Christian argument, insisting that faith was something that should be carefully examined.
Speaking on Sky's The Book Show, Bragg defended Christianity and accused atheists such as Prof Dawkins and Alain de Botton, the philosopher, of "cadging a lift" on faith.
“Ever since civilisation began people have believed in many gods, one god or none,” he said. “There have also been atheists, people who say that this is unprovable, that there could not be resurrections and reincarnations and miracles. These are all respectable traditions.
“What’s changed recently is the animus and the ignorance that has entered into the atheist argument, led by Richard Dawkins, most improbably a fine zoologist, a good scholar, Oxford trained, who seems to have thrown everything off in this odd pursuit, particularly of Christianity.”
Bragg argued that reason was not “the primary source of knowledge”.
“We start with emotions and passions and feelings, the roots of which we don’t know and perhaps will never know,” he said.
“Things come to us outside the realms of reason; intimations of love, surprise by joy, little pulses that we don’t know where they come from, we don’t know where they lead to, but they satisfy us or they make us despair. Dawkins shows no respect for religion at all.”
He said the King James Bible was the “great trigger” for bringing about modern democracy during the British civil wars of the 17th century and had enabled people to claim their rights.
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