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Rowan Williams v Richard Dawkins

(44 Posts)
j07 Mon 28-Jan-13 13:59:34

should be interesting to say the least

Hope it's widely reported.

soop Mon 28-Jan-13 15:52:21

In the blue corner we have...and in the red corner...wink
Chocks away...and duck.
I imagine there will be fur and feathers flying in next to no time. hmm

soop Mon 28-Jan-13 15:53:07

...and I won't be taking the blame. grin

j07 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:55:51

Where's Bags?!

Expected something by now!

j07 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:56:08

And Greatnan!

soop Mon 28-Jan-13 15:57:52

Naughty titters from behind the baracade.

soop Mon 28-Jan-13 16:01:10

...and also from behind the barricade blush

Bags Mon 28-Jan-13 17:47:03

Pish. It's only a debate. Let's wait and see.

j07 Mon 28-Jan-13 17:54:08

Yes. Let's wait and see. [rubs hands in anticipation] grin

annodomini Mon 28-Jan-13 18:20:38

Can't imagine Rowan Williams being specially aggressive. Nor can I imagine that anyone in this debate will be breaking new ground. Surely it has all been said before. [bored emoticon]

wisewoman Mon 28-Jan-13 18:48:16

Why use such language as "fighting it out". I am sure a debate between two well educated people with differing views will be interesting and enlightening whatever your views. Why does it have to be advertised as adversarial. A good debate should give each the opportunity to put their views and hopefully listen to each other respectfully while arguing for their own view. I think nowadays the word "debate" had been debased to mean two people shouting at each other. It does depress me!

j07 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:02:44

Why would the ex-Arch have to be aggresive anno. He will put his views quietly and assuredly. and walk all over daft Dawkins

Butty Mon 28-Jan-13 19:16:27

wisewoman - I quite agree with with adversarial implication suggested in the article. In fact, when I read the 'fighting it out' comment, I decided not to read further. So I remain uninformed about this debate, but can't say I particularly mind.

Bags Mon 28-Jan-13 19:17:53


annodomini Mon 28-Jan-13 19:39:45

He wouldn't J0. I was responding to soop's prediction of 'fur and feathers flying'.

soop Tue 29-Jan-13 12:02:49

anno...I was being childish. Off to the naughty corner to repeat 100 times...I must grow-up soon! wink

absent Tue 29-Jan-13 12:07:20

I can't help thinking that this will probably be one of the most boring debates Cambridge has ever seen. As already pointed out by annodomini, much of this has already been said umpteen times and Rowan Williams is often quite a boring speaker.

annodomini Tue 29-Jan-13 12:31:29

Oh, come out of that corner, soop. You must have finished that penance by now! wink

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:33:22

It would be bits of beard flying. smile

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:34:12

How's that for being grown-up soop. grin

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 12:57:01

I think they will both be excrutiatingly polite. Shame really wink. Wonder if Williams's much touted intelligence will shine through? Haven't managed to detect it so far. #notexpectingmuch

soop Tue 29-Jan-13 13:16:05

Thanks for welcoming me back from the naughty corner. I met some entertaining GN's there. We had fun! grin

petallus Tue 29-Jan-13 14:10:13

Richard Dawkins is the beloved champion of militant atheists. He can't afford to 'get' any of Williams' points.

I do hope I'm wrong.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 15:07:59

And vice versa. It wouldn't 'do' for Williams to understand the other side; he'd be letting his own side down. It will be interesting for all that to see how they bat the ball between them.

There was a similar debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens. Great entertainment.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 15:09:25

I think these debates help people who aren't quite sure whether they are believers or non-believers.