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Richard Dawkins Says He's Not Entirely Sure God Doesn't Exist

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  • 2012 Feb 28

February 28, 2012

Richard Dawkins, the controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the "world's most famous atheist" now says he is not 100 percent sure God doesn't exist -- but just barely, the Religion News Service reports. In a debate with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams Feb. 23, Dawkins conceded a small bit of doubt that there was no such thing as a creator; the evolutionary biologist quickly added that he was "6.9 out of seven" certain of his long-standing atheist beliefs. "I think the probability of a supernatural creator existing [is] very, very low," he said. Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and other bestsellers, is a leader of the "new atheist" movement that aggressively challenges belief in God and religion. "What I can't understand is why you can't see [that life started from nothing] and is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God?" he said.