I am reading Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.
"What's the point?" you may ask. "Isn't it preaching to the converted?"
Well, I suppose it is, though I never had to be converted. But so what, anyway? I will read it then I will forget about it. I won't become any more of an atheist for reading it. I won't start arguing with the religious people I meet, asking them for evidence of their God.
I will not wear one of Dawkins' hoodies...
or stick a Darwin fish on my car...
...to proclaim my atheism to the world. I don't take pride in my disbelief. I have never believed in the supernatural. So what?
I'm enjoying the book, especially the arguments for God's existence. There really are some hilarious ones, such as Pascal's wager and Stephen Unwin's Bayesian argument. Why try to justify faith?
Dawkins comes unstuck, though, with his knowledge of popular culture. He asks the question why is the Cluedo character known as the "Reverend Green" in all English speaking areas other than North America, where he is known as plain "Mr Green"?
The answer is, of course, that the Reverend Al Green would sue, not wishing to be associated with a character who bludgeons posh English twats to death with a length of lead piping in the conservatory.
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