Yes, the "world's most renowned atheist" now says he isn't entirely sure God doesn't exist.
Why did I post this? Well, Dawkins is usually rolled out when discussing atheism, and atheism is a major issue when talking about recovery. Even if you are not an Orthodox Christian, the 12 Steps require a belief in a loving God. No God, and you are on your own. You must get out of your troubles by yourself, perhaps with a few people cheering you on or coaching, but you have to do it yourself.
The sad thing is that Dawkins talks theories while people literally die drunk because they refuse to participate in a program that confesses God. I have known many addicts who simply refuse to go to meetings because they can't stand to even hear the word 'God.'
Dawkins is entitled to his opinions, and he is free to espouse them however he likes. But, what is sad is how many people use his words, or perhaps more accurately -simplified characterizations of his words- to make significant life decisions. They base their decisions on theories rather than facts.
The fact is that recovery from addiction is far more successfully treated with the 12 Steps than any other method, and these steps require belief in God. Putting aside all else, it seems the most reasonable conclusion would be that belief in God is a positive influence on humanity and should not be rejected by someone looking for a means of escape from addictive behavior.
The evidence of faith in a loving God as a positive, healthy influence is right there in front of everyone, and yet many people will reject this in favor of a theory for which there is no evidence whatsoever. Atheism is trap: Dawkins admits that he is guessing.
Would you go to a doctor who guesses what your disease is? That works on TV, but even then the actors pretend like they are looking for evidence.
Atheism has no evidence: atheistic societies have been responsible for over 100 million murders in the 20th century (Communism and National Socialism are both related ideologies which also shared a common rejection of religion, the latter only less militantly so). Atheism does not make societies better. Just as much as we have seen religious wars, we have also seen atheists engaged in organized massacres and mechanized murder.
Belief in a loving God does have evidence, but we must ultimately look to humanity for that evidence. I specify 'loving God' because there are horrific mis-characterizations of God that, while using the word 'God,' are so far from loving as to be bestial and worthy of scorn. A loving and merciful God is what I am talking about, and faith in Him has been demonstrated time and time again to have a positive effect on the human person.
Here's just a snippet example:
This article focuses not on the effects of prayer of one person to another, but rather on the person who is praying. many atheists love to point out that many studies indicate there is no substantial evidence that prayer effects the outcomes of events for which intercessions are made, but this is an artful dodge: the real issue is how prayer effects those who pray.
This is the real evidence for belief in a loving God.