I really enjoy DJ’s interviews. I don’t really see it so much as playing “devil’s advocate” as he [DJ] does his research before an interview, knows what arguments people use to try to dismiss Dawkins’ ideas, and gives his subject an opportunity to answer those objections. I had actually considered giving DJ some kudos on this forum for his handling of the Dawkins interview. I had decided not to this time, but I will certainly defend his style under these circumstances. Anyway, if he conducted the interviews as a cheerleader who agrees with everything the interviewee said, the first PoI podcast I listened to would have been my last. I shudder to think that minds like Dawkins’ need to be sheltered from such questioning.
Anyway, I enjoyed the interview. It came at an good time as I have just started reading The God Delusion. I had not considered previously how abusive it is to tell children that there is a god who will throw them into hell if they don’t eat their greenbeans (my example, not Dawkins’). The story he related of the woman who, as a young girl, was molested by her priest but was more damaged by being told that her friend was in hell because she was Protestant, gave me chills.
Keep up the good work PoI, and here is my tip of the hat to DJ for another well conducted interview. *tip*