Beyond The God Delusion

The Dawkins Delusion

Update: Unfortunately it turns out that this is a clergy only special event, as per this comment from Elizabeth Foy. My apologies for any inconvenience or misunderstanding…

It seems a long time since I posted my review of Alister McGrath’s The Dawkins Delusion but the issues raised by Dawkins still seem to be something of a hot potato. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to ascertain whether hot potatoes are on the lunchtime menu at the St Paul’s Institute (St Paul’s Cathedral, London) tomorrow, Friday 26th September, for this Bishop’s Study Day, but I’m sure there will be plenty of mental hot potatoes being thrown around.

The full title of the day is Beyond The God Delusion: Theological resources for a sceptical age and it brings together an interesting line up of speakers including John Cornwell, author of Darwin’s Angel: An Angelic Response to the God Delusion, described by Sally Vickers in the Times Online as:

A PIECE of sheer heaven. It kicks Richard Dawkins’s self-aggrandising polemic, The God Delusion, into touch with featherlight footwork and is deliciously wise, witty and intellectually sharp into the bargain.

The day kicks off with registration and coffee at 9.15am followed by a welcome and introduction from Edmund Newell, Director of the St Paul’s Institute, at 9.45am.

You’ll find the rest of the day’s programme and information about the other speakers on this flyer: Beyond The God Delusion (pdf, 124kb). If you’re in London and you’ve got the day free, it promises to be a good opportunity to get up to speed with the questions and perhaps even come up with some answers… Sorry: clergy only and fully booked; but hopefully we’ll see some enlightened clergy wandering around later…

Fortress Press published a book of the same title — Beyond The God Delusion, Richard Grigg — in March this year and there’s an attempt to discuss this book in the Richard Dawkins forum. The only respondent to the discussion thus far hasn’t read the book: he simply sets out to sweep it aside with a series of generalisations — rather like a lot of people commenting on The God Delusion, unfortunately… perhaps Christians and Atheists have more in common than most like to believe…

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  1. Thanks for your interest in this, but the day is a professional development day for London clergy only and is full, so please don’t turn up as sadly we won’t be able to take you in! Lots of other interesting stuff open to the public in a whole programme about science and religion at St Paul’s this autumn – full details at our website.

    Thanks!

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