Monday, February 27, 2012
++Rowan Williams and Richard Dawkins: The Origin of Life and the Universe
This past Thursday, February 23rd, the Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, entered into a dialogue with Dr. Richard Dawkins (known as the most famous atheist, though he identifies himself as an agnostic . . . but barely so) at Oxford University. The topic of discussion was not really that big of a deal; just "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin," that's all. - It was . . . moderated by Sir Anthony Kenny.
A video of the one one half hour long dialogue can be found on the Archbishop of Canterbury's page, here.
I found the discussion to be quite interesting on a number of fronts. First is the topic, itself. But, second, one gains some insight into the thinking and theology of the current Archbishop. Further, such a dialogue between two people of such stature in our world, seems to me to be of enough importance to at least give it a listen. - Certainly there were fans of both men, as well as critics of both, and then also just the curious, who were watching and listening from around the world. - I would imagine that many American Anglicans (non-TEC types) found themselves in a bit of a quandry. On the one hand, they would want to "cheer" for the ABC, but on the other hand, many would desperately wish that they could have been represented by someone other than ++Rowan Williams.
Wherever you may find yourself in your thoughts about such matters, the discussion is worth checking out!