Atheist takes on Pell
Pits opposite sides of faith against each other at Easter
CATHOLIC Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell and outspoken British atheist Richard Dawkins go head-tohead in a special two-guest Easter Q&A panel.
‘‘This is a remarkable matchup’’ says host Tony Jones. ‘‘It’s a title fight of belief. ‘‘Dawkins and Pell are powerful advocates at the height of their powers for two opposing world views: atheism and faith.’’
In Australia to attend a global atheist convention, Dawkins describes himself as an evolutionary biologist, author and militant atheist whose books include The Selfish Gene and the global bestseller The God Delusion.
Uncompromising, provocative and controversial, Dawkins contends a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith qualifies as a delusion.
Conversely, first-time Q&A panellist Cardinal Pell is Australia’s most senior Catholic churchman. Installed as the Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, Cardinal Pell speaks out on
Atheist Richard Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell. controversial issues including abortion, stem-cell research, climate change and gay marriage. Vocal in his opposition to the Iraq War and Australia’s treatment of refugees, he is seen by some as a potential Pope.
In what will be a Q&A first, ABC1 launches its interactive Q&avote tool in the Easter special. The new voting application allows viewers to participate in a live vote during Q&A from their smart phones.
Monday, 9.35pm, ABC1, ABC News 24.