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GOD AND NATUREBefore he even opened his mouth, most of the 1,600 people in the audience were on their feet. Hands flew together and a chorus of shouts and whoops filled the large Richmond, Kentucky, auditorium, which had reached capacity well before that warm October night’s Chautauqua lecture was scheduled to start. In three separate viewing rooms in buildings just steps away from the assembly hall at Eastern Kentucky University’s Brock Auditorium, video screens had been erected to simulcast the event to the 600+ disappointed fans turned away at the door. Who was responsible for this adoring, zealous support in a small college town in rural Kentucky? A great British evolutionary biologist—a man hailed for his skill at communicating science to the masses—Richard Dawkins. My own presence in the audience that particular evening was something of a coincidence. 1. 2. For one, I’d just published a long article here on God and Nature called “Clearing the Middle “What really happened at Fatima?” Nothing.
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