76% in Australia vote that religious belief does not make the world a better place
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76% in Australia vote that religious belief does not make the world a better place

Sydney : Australia | Dec 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM PST
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Cardinal George Pell in Australia

In a poll taken during a Q&A with Richard Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell in October of this year, 76% of those responding voted No, "that religious belief does not make the world a better place." Q&A is a television show in Australia that states in part, that it "is about encouraging people to engage with politics and society." The host of the program is Tony Jones, who provides "over 20 years of award winning journalism," which gives both credibility and a puposeful flow to the program's discussions. Here is a link to some of the topics discussed in 2012, with available videos online from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which include Happy Endings, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Protests and Palestine and Bullying, Education & Purpose.

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist who was born in England in 1941. In the discussion, Richard points to his personal scale of 1-7, to measure a belief in God, or what he refers to as the God delusion, with his stance being a 6, with 7 being "totally confident that there is not a God." This is in an attempt to shed light on the difference between agnosticism, atheism and a belief in God while also recognizing that scientists are free to be wrong and corrected. Human Suffering, Original Sin, Heaven, Hell, Evolution and the beginning of the soul are some of the questions answered by Richard and George.

Cardinal Pell was also born in 1941 and since 2001, has been the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia within the Roman Catholic Church. George introduces his view of their being a place of purification for those that die, where they are in the presence of God. He also speaks to redemptive suffering where Jesus Christ took on the pains of many and gives his views on why evil is necessarily in existence so that a person has the freedom to choose good. He refers to the soul as the Principle of Life , a sort of livable entity and also recognizes the role that science plays in Christian belief.

Prior to watching the Q&A video with Cardinal Pell, I viewed the 92 minute unmoderated discussion that Richard had with Lawrence Krauss which was recorded at the Australian National University. During that discussion, it is shared how gaining tax-exempt status for The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, in the United Kingdom proved a significant hurdle. Lawrence, born in 1954, is a Canadian-American physicist who is a professor at Arizona State University in the USA and has introduced the concept and question of Something from Nothing. I had read some online excerpts and reports about his latest book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing, published in 2012 and this is what led to me to discover some more of his thoughts via such discussions as with Richard.

In summary, while there were both opposing views and agreements, it is clear that both men have compassion for their fellow humans. I hope you enjoy the two videos that are attached to this report. There is humor, debate, respect and participation on show when such persons are able to share their views with us. Here is the link on YouTube for the Q&A video with Richard and George, courtesy of tubester4567.

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