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Richard Dawkins, the famous Oxford biologist who is one of the most ardent atheist scholars and debaters today, and who recently published “The God Delusion” in which he spews his hatred for religion and especially for the God of the Bible, peddles his own t-shirts stamped “Atheists for Jesus” and wrote an article of same title on his website ( He claims to be a “cultural Christian” because Jesus, in Dawkins’ words, was “a charismatic young preacher who advocated generous forgiveness” and one of the great ethical innovators of all time.” He sees Jesus as one of those unique “super-nice” people, and “super-nice is a trait he thinks should be encouraged, so Dawkins is all for Jesus (though rabidly against Jesus’ theism).