RICHARD Dawkins is known far and wide as an atheist. Now the popular scientist is admitting he’s actually not an atheist at all — he’s a secular Christian.
Dawkins made the statement while launching the first volume of his memoirs, An Appetite for Wonder, according to London’s Telegraph.
Dawkins, who has previously admitted he loves singing Christmas carols, isn’t ready to embrace the supernatural, charismatic aspects of Christianity but expressed his affinity for religious ceremony during his talk.
In response to an American Protestant minister in the audience who claimed that he no longer believed in miracles or that Jesus was resurrected, but still considered himself a Christian and preached the teachings of Christ, he made this reply: “I would describe myself as a secular Christian in the same sense as secular Jews have a feeling for nostalgia and ceremonies.”
He then made the perceptive comment to the minister who had questioned him: “But if you don’t have the supernatural, it’s not clear to me why you would call yourself a minister.” In other words, why you consider yourself a Christian at all.
“But I am a secular Christian, if you want to call me that.”
All this prompted Damian Thompson, columnist for London’s Telegraph, to reflect: “If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might conclude that Prof Dawkins secretly converted to Christianity decades ago, and then asked himself: “How can I best win souls? By straightforward argument, or by turning myself from a respected academic into a comic figure fulminating against religion like a fruitcake at Speakers’ Corner, thereby discrediting atheism?”
Another view on the Dawkins effect is in the article Reading Richard Dawkins Led To My Conversion http://www.deadphilosopherssociety.com/2014/03/30/reading-richard-dawkins-led-to-my-conversion/