Says the man who is too afraid to debate Christian apologists:
In this interview with John Harris, of the Guardian, Dawkins rejects the assertion that he intentionally provokes religious believers. (“I’m not even sure I’ve used the word pernicious,” he objects, gently. “… although I actually think it is pernicious.”)
He also clarifies that, if there’s a religious-belief scale running from one to seven, with one signifying total belief and seven total atheism, he’s a six, not a seven. Then he clarifies that he would rate his belief in “fairies” and “werewolves” on the same level.
If he wins any points for diplomacy, which is an open question, he loses them with the quote that the Guardian is highlighting to promote the interview: “Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist.”