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Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

TWO housewives hurling insults at each other across their back fence prompted one of the great puns from Anglican wit Sydney Smith. ''Those two will never agree,'' he said. ''They are arguing from different premises.''

The same obstacle of logic means that the world's most famous atheist and Australia's most famous clergyman are unlikely to agree on much when they lock horns tonight on ABC TV's Q&A - but the exchanges might be entertaining.

Ardent atheist Richard Dawkins, in Australia for this week's Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, takes on the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, separated by journalist Tony Jones, who is himself capable of an acerbic rejoinder.
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