Thursday, April 17, 2008

Does Richard Dawkins have a Selective Memory?

First off, I want to start off this post by thanking everyone for their prayers and encouragement. We greatly appreciate it and ask that you continue to pray for us and this ministry. We are honored to be stewards of it for however long God allows!

Second, here is a great article written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that originally appeared in The Jeruslalem Post, regarding a debate that Richard Dawkins participated in that he (Dawkins) claims never happened!

Shmuley writes:

"Our debate, which took place at St. Catherine's College, Oxford on October 23, 1996, attracted hundreds of students and featured, on the atheist side, Prof. Dawkins and chemistry Prof. Peter Atkins, and on the religion side, me and Prof. Keith Ward, Oxford's Regius Professor of Divinity. Student president Josh Wine was in the chair. In a vote at the end of the debate as to how many students had changed their minds after hearing the arguments, Dawkin's side was defeated and religion prevailed, which might account for his selective memory." [1]

The full article can be read here: http://www.shmuley.com/articles.php?id=627

To his credit, Shmuley also writes:

"Whatever the reason, no doubt a man as honorable as Dawkins will correct the error about the debate he alleges never took place and apologize." [2]

Time will tell I suppose.

This article also provides a great example of why believers need to get engaged in the debate that is continuing between theists and atheists, in a respectful manner.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

Resources:

1) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, The Debate Richard Dawkins chose to Forget, http://www.shmuley.com/articles.php?id=627, April 13, 2008.
2) Ibid.

* My thanks to Ben Witherington for drawing attention to this story on his blog.

An additional article in regard to Boteach and Dawkins; a possible debate in the mix?

See here:
http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=63454

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