Dawkins vs. McGrath – The Lost Interview
Regular readers will know my thoughts on Alister McGrath from my previous articles. In an article in the Daily Mail, he had this to say about an alleged recording of Dawkins interviewing him for his documentary The Root of All Evil?, which was left out of the final cut.
We were also filmed having a debate for Dawkins’s recent Channel 4 programme, The Root Of All Evil? Dawkins outlined his main criticisms of God, and I offered answers to what were clearly exaggerations and misunderstandings. It was hardly rocket science.
But when I debated these points with him, Dawkins seemed uncomfortable. I was not surprised to be told that my contribution was to be cut.
The Root Of All Evil? was subsequently panned for its blatant unfairness. Where, the critics asked, was a responsible, informed Christian response to Dawkins? The answer: on the cutting-room floor.
Well, Nullifidian now has the full video of this interview. I watched it all this afternoon. McGrath really flattered himself with his hypothesis on why it was left out. I think it’s more likely that it was left out because, despite dialoguing with Dawkins for over an hour, he managed to say precisely nothing. From one point of view, I suppose that’s sort of an achievement. But, perhaps there was something there and I missed it. Take a look, and, if you find it, let me know.