By Raphael Lataster
Published in Literature & Aesthetics (Volume 24, Issue 2, pp. 109-124) in the December 2014 issue.
I interviewed Richard Dawkins, and analysed his writings and public interactions, in order to ascertain if the view that he is ‘anti-religious’ is correct. As part of this, I attempt to provide a definition of religion – building on Schilbrack’s recent effort – that would satisfy both laypeople and scholars. I also consider related issues, such as whether Dawkins and his New Atheist colleagues need to prove God’s non-existence. I discover that Dawkins is far more respectful towards religion than is usually thought, and that there are opportunities for New Atheists, Old Atheists, and religious liberals, to work together.
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Raphael Lataster is a PhD candidate and tutor in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney.