On Easter Monday night Q & A will host a two-man debate between Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell and outspoken, British atheist Richard Dawkins.
In Australia to attend a global atheist convention, Dawkins describes himself as an evolutionary biologist, author and militant atheist. He became popular around the world in 1976 with his book The Selfish Gene but is best known for his global best seller The God Delusion.
Last appearing on Q&A in March 2010, Dawkins is uncompromising, provocative and controversial. He contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith qualifies as a delusion.
Conversely, first time Q&A panellist Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic churchman in Australia. Installed as Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, Cardinal Pell is widely quoted on such controversial issues as abortion, stem cell research, climate change and gay marriage and is even seen as a potential Pope.
Named as one of the top 50 most influential people in Australian politics for 2012, Cardinal Pell has also been vocal in his opposition to the Iraq War and Australia’s treatment of refugees.
“This is a remarkable match-up” said Tony Jones “A title fight of belief.”
“Dawkins and Pell are powerful advocates at the height of their powers for two opposing world views: atheism and faith.”
ABC1 will also launch its interactive Q & A Vote tool on Monday.
9:35pm Monday on ABC1.