Broadcaster, novelist and critic Melvyn Bragg has launched a fierce attack on militant atheists and in particular Professor Richard Dawkins, accusing him and those who follow him of â€œignoranceâ€ and of showing â€œno respectâ€ for religion.
Bragg poured scorn on the scientists insistence that â€œreasonâ€ can destroy the Christian argument, saying that faith was something that should be examined more closely.
Speaking on Sky Television's The Book Show, Bragg, a non theist himself, defended Christianity and other faiths and accused atheists such as Prof Dawkins and philosopher Alain de Botton of "hitching a ride" on faith.
â€œEver since civilisation began people have believed in many gods, one god or none,â€ he said. â€œThere have also been atheists, people who say that this is unprovable, that there could not be resurrections and reincarnations and miracles. These are all respectable traditions. Whatâ€™s changed recently is the animus and the ignorance that has entered into the atheist argument, led by Richard Dawkins, most improbably a fine zoologist, a good scholar, Oxford trained, who seems to have thrown everything off in this odd pursuit, particularly of Christianity.â€
Bragg argued that reason was not â€œthe primary source of knowledgeâ€.
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