I know that love keeps no score of wrongs, and that I shouldn’t be smug when other people stumble. But yesterday’s discussion between Christian Giles Fraser and Atheist Richard Dawkins has left me grinning all over my face.
You can listen to the full interview, from Radio 4’s Today Programme here but there was a good article in the Telegraph by Stephen Pollard [editor of the Jewish Chronicle]
The article is here, and I quote just part of it…
“If you were trying to come up with a definition of misplaced intellectual arrogance, you could not do better than having the planet’s most famous atheist issuing diktats on who does and doesn’t count as a proper Christian. Prof Dawkins then announced, triumphantly, that an “astonishing number [of Christians] couldn’t identify the first book in the New Testament”.
The transcript of the next minute or so only hints at how cringingly, embarrassingly bad it was for Dawkins.
Fraser: Richard, if I said to you what is the full title of The Origin Of Species, I’m sure you could tell me that.
Dawkins: Yes I could.
Fraser: Go on then.
Dawkins: On the Origin of Species…Uh…With, oh, God, On the Origin of Species. There is a sub-title with respect to the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.
It was a golden minute of radio. But as well as being hilarious, it was hugely symbolic. In The Daily Telegraph yesterday, Baroness Warsi highlighted the militant secularism on the march in Britain. But as Dr Fraser revealed, the atheist army is led by an embarrassingly feeble general. The arrogance and intolerance of the atheists, exemplified by Prof Dawkins, is their Achilles’ heel.”
Ruth Gledhill in the Times began her article with…
Britain’s leading atheist was forced to invoke God yesterday as he was put on the spot during a public debate about Christianity.
Just to say I am happy to ‘self-identify as a Christian’, even though I think that is an ugly phrase. And I know that the first book of the NT is Matthew. I’m with John Newton, who not only wrote ‘Amazing Grace’ but also penned these words…
Saviour, since of Zion's city,
I through grace a member am,
let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in thy Name.
Fading is the worldling's pleasure,
all his boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasure
none but Zion's children know.