In a televised debate on Australian TV Cardinal Pell showed the depth of Richard Dawkins ignorance about the Father of Evolution, Charles Darwin. This is becoming a regular occurrence in debates between clergyman and Prof. Dawkins:
‘Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the cardinal, because Darwin ”couldn’t believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity” – a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ”just not true”.
Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ”It’s on page 92 of his autobiography. Go and have a look.”’
Here’s the excerpt from p.92-93 of Charles Darwin’s autobiography
‘Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.’
In February Richard Dawkins could not recall the full title of Charles Darwin’s ‘The Origin Of Species’ during a discussion with Giles Fraser, Former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, over a poll conducted for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) which found that self-identified Christians didn’t go to Church, or read the bible.
Dawkins said an “astonishing number couldn’t identify the first book in the New Testament.” But his claim that this indicated self-identified Christians were “not really Christian at all” was challenged by Fraser,who said the poll asked “silly little questions” to “trip” people up.
Giles 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.
Richard Dawkins:Yes I could
Giles Fraser: Go on then.
Richard 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.
Giles Fraser:You’re the high 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 believe it after all.’ It’s just not fair to ask people these questions. They self-identify as Christians and I think you should respect that.
Cardinal Pell spoke for many Catholics, and Christians, when he stated later in the debate:
‘Cardinal Pell said: ”Mr Dawkins, I don’t say things I don’t mean.
”I believe it because I believe the man who told us that was also the son of God. He said, ‘This is my body, this is my blood’. And I’d much prefer to listen to Him and take his word than yours.”
Protect the Pope comment: Why would Richard Dawkins, emeritus professor of Oxford, categorically state in a TV debate that it was ‘just not true’ that Darwin claimed to be a theist when the Father of Evolution makes that claim in his autobiography?
If Dawkins can’t make a correct statement about the field of his professional specialism, how many untrue categorical statements has he made about religion, philosophy or theology?
Increasingly Richard Dawkins is being revealed to be a straw-man, a light-weight, who can’t even speak with authority on the founder of evolutionary science.