Athe­ist takes on Pell

Pits op­po­site sides of faith against each other at Easter

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.

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