The Christian Post reports on the debate:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, defeated prominent atheist professor, Richard Dawkins, in a debate at the University of Cambridge in England on Thursday night, as a vote taken at the conclusion of the debate ruled that religion does have a place in the 21st century.
Dawkins lost the debate by 324 votes to 136, as he failed to convince the house that religion has no place.
“Religion has always been a matter of community building, a matter of building relations of compassion, fellow-feeling and, dare I say it, inclusion,” Williams, who stepped down as the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion on Dec. 31, said in his address. “The notion that religious commitment can be purely a private matter is one that runs against the grain of religious history.”
Williams pointed out that respect for human life and equality was inherent in all organized religion. “The very concept of human rights has profound religious roots… The convention of human rights would not be what it is were it not for the history of philosophical religious debate.”