Richard Dawkins is the phall guy at Cambridge debate with Williams
Despite serving as Oxford university's professor for the public understanding of science for 13 distinguished years, his work as an ethologist and evolutionary biologist, not to mention his many books, Richard Dawkins remains most celebrated as a latter-day atheistic Savonarola, forever seeking to make a bonfire of what are, to him, the vanities and idiocies of religion. Less well known is his fondness for penis gags. 

Until he faced the recently retired Archbishop of Canterbury at the Cambridge Union Society a little after 8pm on Thursday night, few would have expected the debate between two such great and different minds to lurch into the arena of genital humour. The last time the pair met, almost a year ago in the Sheldonian theatre – a touch of Oxonian yin to the Cantabrigian yang; the balance of the universe must, after all, be respected – the encounter was disappointingly good natured and civilised, raising the very real, if dull, possibility that the two men might actually not despise one another.

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'Religion is redundant and irrelevant': Richard Dawkins takes on ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in Cambridge debate
Prominent atheist professor Richard Dawkins described religion as “redundant and irrelevant” as he took on the former Archbishop of Canterbury in a debate.

Speaking at the Cambridge Union debating society, Prof Dawkins argued that religion hindered scientific endeavour by "peddling false explanations".

Dr Rowan Williams offered a counter-argument, saying that religion undoubtedly had a place in the 21st century and that the issue was not whether it should exist, but what our attitude towards it should be.

He added that modern attitudes towards human rights had their foundations in religious traditions.

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Richard Dawkins attacks 'irrelevant' religion in Rowan Williams debate
Prominent atheist Prof Richard Dawkins last night attacked religion as ''redundant and irrelevant'' during a debate against the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. Speaking at the Cambridge Union debating society, Prof Dawkins argued that religion hindered scientific endeavour by ''peddling false explanations''.

Dr Williams offered a counter argument, saying that religion undoubtedly had a place in the 21st century and that the issue was not whether it should exist, but what our attitude towards it should be.

He added that modern attitudes towards human rights had their foundations in religious traditions. The pair were part of a debate on the proposition ''religion has no place in the 21st Century'' in front of an audience of about 800, who packed the famous 200-year-old university debating club's chambers.

Early in his address, Prof Dawkins made a provocative comparison between Christian and Islamic traditions, describing himself as a ''cultural Anglican''.

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