'God,' cried Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins has been on the warpath against Christianity for some time. He has now released the results of a poll which suggest that Brits who identify themselves as Christian are not really Christian because they don't know Christian theology. For instance, they don't know the name of the first book of the New Testament. From his lofty intellectual eminence, Richard Dawkins can assure them that they are not really Christian.
This morning, on BBC 4 Dawkins discussed his 'findings' with an interviewer. The Reverend Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul's, called Dawkins's assessment unfair and then asked him this question:
Reverend Fraser: But 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, ah, with, ah, God, ah, On the Origin of Species, um, there is, there is a subtitle, um, with respect to the preservation of favoured species in the fight, in the struggle for life.
Fraser: You are the Pope of Darwinism. If you asked people who believed in evolution that question and you came back and said 2% got it right, it would be terribly easy for me to go they don't really believe it after all. . .