Faith On Trial
Is Religion a Force For Good Or Evil?
An interview with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins
December 23, 2012 "Al
fundamentalism, superstition and ignorance. Religion
is getting a bad press these days. Much of the
conflict in the world, from the Middle East to
Nigeria and Myanmar, is often blamed on religion.
But what are the alternatives? Adolf Hitler was an atheist. Communism under Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot or Mao Zedong banned religion, but also massacred millions. And science brought incredible and amazing advances, but also pollution and the atomic bomb.
A critic of
religious dogmatism, Professor Richard Dawkins
revolutionised genetics in 1976 with the publication
of The Selfish Gene, which explained how
evolution takes place at the genetic level. He has
since written 12 more bestsellers, including The
God Delusion which sold millions of copies, was
translated into more than 30 languages, and
catapulted him to the position of the world's
Mehdi Hasan interviews evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union and asks: Is religion a force for good or evil? Can it co-exist with science? Is science the new religion? And why if god does not exist, is religion so persistent?