Richard Dawkins is recognized by many as the “world’s leading atheist.” That’s why Christians and other religious theologians are basking in the glory that Dawkins “admitted” that God exists in a recent debate with an Archbishop. However, as is far too often the case, the parties that are celebrating a major victory in the God versus science debate are taking many of Dawkins’ comments out of context as well as overall missing the point.
While many websites are touting Dawkins’ comments as an admission that there is a God, a stunning revelation for a renowned atheist, this is an example of one party bending the comments to suit their own purposes. In reality, all Dawkins admitted was that he cannot be 100% certain that no God exists. That’s not really a startling admission…most atheists would probably say the same. As a matter of fact, Dawkins himself has said in previous interviews that he doesn’t like to be referred to as an atheist, because he is more agnostic. The difference is that atheism is the belief that there is no God, while agnostic is more rejecting of religion in general without making generalizations. Dawkins is simply acknowledging that no one really knows for sure, so he is conceding that he cannot be 100% certain there is no God, just as Christians and other religious affiliations cannot be 100% certain that there is. That’s why they call it faith. Richard Dawkins didn’t make some incredible revelation here, denouncing everything that he has stood for in his career. He simply admitted an obvious fact, one that his detractors shouldn’t be so eager to gloat over, because the truth is, his comments work on both sides, regardless of how you look at it.