"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"
Monday, 21 May 2012
Richard Dawkins supports Bibles in Schools
Tory donors sponsoring this initiative are doing it for the culturally relevant reason of “commemorating four hundred years since publication” but I suspect not. The motivation is at least in part religious but unlike the National Secular Society (whose general aims I fully endorse by the way) I am not concerned that this will result in the promotion of Christianity, either over other faiths or atheism. In the unlikely event that any child actually attempts to read a copy in any depth it is much more likely to repel than attract.It would be nice to think that Michael Gove and the