The former Pope has described the work of prominent atheist Richard Dawkins as “science fiction”.
Odifreddi's 2011 book was his reaction to Benedict’s best-known tome Introduction to Christianity.
In his first public comments since he retired in February, Benedict thanks Odifreddi for his attempts to engage in an open dialogue with the Catholic faith.
The 86-year-old writes of his surprise that Oddifreddi viewed his book so worthy of such detailed discussion, given that he considers theology to be “science fiction”.
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