During the debate, it seemed that at the heart of Dawkins’ difficulty with faith is his impoverished view of God and is failure to grasp more than the most simplistic understanding.
Towards the end he asked the archbishop: “Why don’t you see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that we can explain the world, life, how it started, from nothing? … Why clutter it up with something so messy as a god?”
Dr Williams replied that he doesn’t see clutter: “I’m not thinking of God as being shoehorned in.”
Dawkins then said: “That is exactly how I see God.”