Darwin descendent set to argue case for existence of God
on 21/10/2013 00:00:00
In his book, The God Delusion, Dawkinscriticises creationism and intelligent design.
He contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion - "a fixed false belief".
Mr Gordon said Dawkins will be the main target of their arguments.
Born in Glasgow in 1931, Mr Gordon was ordained a Pallottine Father in Ireland in 1960.
He became a well-known priest in London, but had to retire from his ministry due to ill health.
He went on to develop a successful career in printing, publishing a series of magazines commemorating the visits of Pope John Paul II to Ireland, France, Germany, and England.
The author of No Love Here, A Priest's Journey, he now lives in Cork with his wife, Louise.
They have three grown-up children.
He decided to organise tomorrow night's talk after a near-death experience earlier this year.
"In fact, it was the second time in four years that I nearly died and a doctor said he thought somebody up there loves me," he said.
"Given my survival I thought that God must have some task in mind for me.
"As the months passed, I became more aware of an atheistical and anti-Christian campaign growing in intensity in Europe, the UK, and in Ireland.
"It was then I decided that God needed someone to stand up for him and dispel his opponents by using rational arguments for his existence."
He said he was delighted that the Oxford-based Dr Keynes, the descendent of the man who proposed the theory of evolution by means of natural selection in his landmark publication, The Origin of Species in 1859, agreed to speak at the event.
She is a regular contributor to the Catholic Herald, Standpoint magazine, and The Tablet, and is training to be a spokesperson with Catholic Voices, a project which began in 2010 in the UK to improve the Church's representation in the media.
Tomorrow's seminar, entitled God: Myth or Reality, will be chaired by Dr Maria Cahill, LLB, LLM, PhD, from University College Cork, and takes place in the Imperial Hotel at 8pm.
All are welcome and a €5 donation is suggested.