Friday, May 30, 2014

Richard Dawkins is moving towards Christ

By Damian Thompson
May 24, 2014

What an extraordinary thing Richard Dawkins has just said at the Hay Festival (which the Telegraph is sponsoring): "I am a secular Christian, if you want to call me that.”

Now, I've said some jolly rude things about the professor in the past. But he did ask for it. For example (from 2009):

Richard Dawkins's latest attack on the Catholic Church is worthy of a dribbling loony on the top of a bus. He calls the Church "the greatest force for evil in the world", "an institution where buggering altar boys pervades the culture" and describes it "dragging its skirts in the dirt and touting for business like a common pimp".

Forgive the amateur psychology, but this sort of crazed invective (his, not mine) so often conceals a troubled fascination with the object of one's hatred. I've rarely met a homophobe, for example, who didn't have at least one gay friend. Anyway, Dawkins also said today that he still values "the ceremonial side of religion" while not believing in miracles – a position not far removed from that of Christians such as the great missionary-cum-organist Albert Schweitzer and indeed hundreds of latitudinarian Anglican clerics.

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