According to The Telegraph, Giles Fraser “played a blinder” on Richard Dawkins in their debate this week:
Credit where it’s due: Giles Fraser played a blinder on the Today programme. He was arguing with Richard Dawkins over the true definition of a Christian. People who identify as Christians don’t really know what they’re talking about, implied the biologist. “A majority of them don’t seem to be truly Christian in the sense that they don’t believe what Christianity teaches,” he said. “Many of them don’t go to church, they don’t read the bible – an astonishing number couldn’t identify the first book of the New Testament… they just tick the Christian box.”
All of which made him sound like a strict Mother Superior telling off her novices. But it was then that Giles Fraser pulled a fast one. “If I said to you what is the full title of the Origin of Species,” he said, “I’m sure you could tell me that.” Dawkins really did try – you could almost hear the wobbling jowl – but he simply couldn’t.