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Video: (muslim) Mehdi Hasan interviews (atheist) Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union

This is an excellent debate between the most emphatic atheist of our time, Richard Dawkins, and political journalist Mehdi Hasan. Hasan is brilliantly prepared for the debate and treats Dawkins with utmost respect, but methodically defends belief and religion as a force for good.

There are some astonishing admissions made by Dawkins here that really undermine his more polemical assertions against religion. A great interview because Hasan does an absolutely superb job of rebutting and grounding Dawkins’ claims.

If I can find a transcript, I’ll include it, but this is a must-watch. Hasan is brilliant.

  • Calvin Armstrong

    lol a flying horse

    • Ethel_B

      Jesus the “Son of God”, lol

      • Calvin Armstrong

        pretty rediculous haha

  • Calvin Armstrong

    this is mohammed —> 0
    /I
    /I

  • Aljo_C

    Dawkins does an absolutely superb job of correcting Hasan’s misapprehensions.

  • Dr. Mahmoud

    Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) traveled through heaven using Al-Mi’raj, which is very close to our current understanding of wormholes. The flying horse-kind of creature (Al-Buraq) carried the prophet between Mekkah and Jerusalem.

    • Joycey

      Muhammad was a false prophet. Jesus warned of false prophets and said one could know them by their fruits…Muhammad was a murderer,warlord, deceiver and cheater…he also had sex with a child…that to anyone is rotten to the core fruit.

      • Ethel_B

        Christ taught you to hate with fervor and passion.

        Nice to know that. 😉

    • Zachariah

      You sound insane, do you realise what you are proposing?

  • Dr. Mahmoud

    I can’t argue for the case of religion against science because there is no conflict at all between Islam and science. The problem is between the Vatican and science.

    • Joycey

      Lies. There is NO problem with the One Holy Catholic church and science. The oldest science institution in the world with the most Nobel Laureates in science is the Pontifical Academy of Sciences based in the Vatican and under the presidency of prof. Werner Arber, Nobel Laureate in medicine…..

      • Abdullah Haider

        I think you are both misunderstanding. Religion does not have to conflict with science. Unless you make it so.

        • Abdullah Haider

          If one interprets catholicism extremely then there will be a conflict if one interprets Islam that too. But most people don’t

        • Zachariah

          Religion does conflict with science. It is an anathema to the scientific method. Faith is belief in something that while it cannot be objectively disproven requires no evidence for it. This is not compatible with science.

    • Joycey
  • Dr. Mahmoud

    The horrible description of God that Dr. Hawkins used in his book based on the old testament means there is an evil God. If such evil God existed, then there is a God. I am not saying that God is evil though.

  • Dr. Mahmoud

    One of Dr. Dawkins books is entitled “What if we were wrong” He’s asking those who believe if they were wrong about the existence of God. My answer is this: If we were wrong and worshiped a non-existing God then we both die and turn into dust. But he was wrong then I go to heaven and he goes to Hell. Obviously, the book title carries a huge conceptual misunderstanding.

    • Calvin Armstrong

      the point is what if other religeons were right and you were wrong.

  • Joycey

    I have no regard for either Dawkins or Hasan, one is an anti-theist, the other an advocate for a violent religion started by a false prophet that murdered, created warfare, cheated, deceived and had sex with a child.

    • Ethel_B

      Your “church” teaches you to insult quite well, Joycey.

    • Abdullah Haider

      “created warfare” hmmm…. what about the ancient world? Alexander the great? Cyrus?

    • Abdullah Haider

      Today, we automatically say that once a person is eighteen they are an adult. Someone could be 80 and still behave like a child. But society and the law designates adulthood at 18.
      In those days in arabia – a child would become an adult as soon as she was menstruating. It is possible for someone to start menstruating at an early age, though not common but very likely in this case. So in that society, that particular frame of reference: he was not marrying a child. As society had deemed women to have attained adulthood once they menstruated. This of course has changed in arabian society but was the prevailing context at the time. You should study religion including Islam with the relevant context and not always apply 21st century thoughts and logic to seventh century events. Also the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not worshipped practically like Jesus is. The prophet lived in the seventh centuary – the Islamic ideals of social justice and liberation continue and the Quran and historical Islamic events are reinterpreted amongst modern lines. So I’m saying that yes the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) lived in the seventh century, but the Quranic literature and the essence of the Muslim message is renewed and re-interpreted and verse prioritised (abrogation concept) in the Quran within the relative modern contexts of the religion.

    • NabB

      I advise you to check the Gospel of Barnabas where the Church is till today are trying to deny its TRUTH. And by the way Prophet Mohamad and the Quran force us to respect, love and believe in all previous prophets including Jesus. And oh.. by the way the name “ISSA” i.e Jesus was mentioned in the Quran more than the name Mohamad… Thats how much we respect our prophet ISSA. And by the way, there is no single word “SWORD” in the Holy Quran while it is mentioned more than two hundred times in the BIBLE… I advise you to read more about ISLAM and the life of our prophet before start insulting or accusing anyone. I respect you though… thats what Prophet Mohamad and ISSA told us to do.

  • NabB

    The one thing that no body ever talked about is that how Dawkins can explain the hundreds of scientific discoveries that were discovered in the 19th and 20th century, while they were written in the Quran 1400 years ago ? you can check http://www.islam-guide.com/ch1-1-h.htm or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYajKl-Xr6c or simply google it !!

  • Kuffar Ali

    It is quite astonishing that even now in 2014 there are some
    people who still believe and practice a religion that is based on hate of
    others who would not convert (kufar), it is time for westerners to ask
    themselves whether they wish to live in a dark and evil world that Islam is
    offering us, or rid ourselves from those who will do to us what they do to
    others in the past 1500 years or so. Only today they have crucified some innocent
    non-Muslims in Iraq. When is it all going to stop? At the gates of Paris,
    London or New York?

  • Tassaduq Hussain

    It is unfortunate that immature people having little or no knowledge about Islam are discussing comparison of Islam with Christianity, without realizing that all religions are from same God and all teach love for mankind and service to humanity. No religion teaches hatred and hostility. Those who cannot tolerate others’ religion are neither Muslim nor Christian nor Hindu. Islam teaches tolerance alike. Those who profess and practise intolerance are extremists and fundamentalists who exist in almost in every religion.

  • Zachariah

    Mehdi Hasan is a hateful bigot! How on earth he has managed to work in the liberal section of the press is beyond me. He is at root a fascist and one that believes totally without hesitation in his own absurd beliefs. He is a dangerous man and sounded like an angry child in this video that has found out Santa is not real and could not accept it.

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