The singer and biologist clashed over religion
Brandon Flowers has recalled the time he got into a televised spat with Richard Dawkins, the controversial author and evolutionary biologist.
The unlikely duo appeared together on the Swedish TV show, Skavlan – alongside Ulrika Johnson and Bjorn from Abba – where they engaged in a heated debate about religion.
In an interview with NME, the Killers frontman reflected on the incident and said it was a “wild half hour of his life”.
He credited Dawkins with being a “seasoned debater”.
“I wasn’t planning on debating him and I wouldn’t pretend to try to convince him that there is a God or a saviour!” he said.
Flowers, a Mormon, also said that his religion was a “beautiful thing” and said that he “took offence” at Dawkins’ bestseller, The God Delusion.
In the book, Dawkins labelled Mormon Church founder, Joseph Smith a “charlatan” and The Book of Mormon “an obvious fake”.
Flowers later told The Guardian: “Nothing that science will ever find will disprove that God had a hand in it, for me. So it’s a useless debate.”
The Killers’ new album, Pressure Machine, is out now and features a collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers. Read The Independent’s review here.