4th October 2009

“The Church of England has a poetic appeal for me. I was brought up in the church and my grandfather was a clergyman. It gives patterns and precedents sanctified by time. But now the language has gone and it's been infiltrated by homophobic, right-wing evangelicals. The church has left me.”

Philip Pullman

4 Responses to “4th October 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    You mean re-infiltrated, don’t you? Sounds to me like the church you admired was experiencing aberrant tolerance and has now reverted to wild type.

  2. John Says:

    I seem to have this thought that keeps haunting me that that is what we fight here in the United States, Iraq and Afghanistan…

  3. Tony Provenzano Says:

    I have a web friend who I’ll paraphrase here.
    Bvk- “What we need in our schools is MORE religion. Teach our children the approx. 200 religions out there, one religion per week, and after the historical mythologies and superstitions sink in, they’ll all become atheists.”

    Unfortunately, (or fortunately-depending on how you look at it) our ever wiser youth would drop out long before that extreme would come to fruition.

    But it does touch on my ‘ace in the hole’ which I always pull out when trying to sway or teach those misinformed.
    Studying the history of one’s own religion, and then cross referencing the mythologies and similarities of other religions, is the true path to a solid atheist.

    Do we need more religious studies? Hmmmm…

  4. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    The naivety of too many atheists is matched only by the naivety of religious fundamentalists. Though I must admit the naivety of atheists is less dangerous.