The Telegraph Melvyn Bragg poured scorn on the famous atheistâ€™s reliance on â€œreasonâ€ to destroy the Christian argument, insisting that faith was something that should be carefully examined.
Speaking on Skyâ€™s The Book Show, Bragg defended Christianity and accused atheists such as Prof Dawkins and Alain de Botton, the philosopher, of â€œcadging a liftâ€ 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.
â€œWhatâ€™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€
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