Melvyn Bragg poured scorn on the famous atheist’s reliance on “reason” to destroy the Christian argument, insisting that faith was something that should be carefully examined.

Speaking on Sky’s The Book Show, Bragg defended Christianity and accused atheists such as Prof Dawkins and Alain de Botton, the philosopher, of “cadging a lift” on faith.

“Ever since civilisation began people have believed in many gods, one god or none,” he said. “There have also been atheists, people who say that this is unprovable, that there could not be resurrections and reincarnations and miracles. These are all respectable traditions.

“What’s changed recently is the animus and the ignorance that has entered into the atheist argument, led by Richard Dawkins, most improbably a fine zoologist, a good scholar, Oxford trained, who seems to have thrown everything off in this odd pursuit, particularly of Christianity.”

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