My afternoon yesterday was interrupted by a knock at the door by a couple of people wanting to share some “good news from the Bible” with me1. I’m assuming that they were Mormons or something similar and not Jehovah’s Witnesses as they weren’t wearing suits and didn’t have a child in tow something I find fairly distasteful. To paraphrase Dawkins, there’s no such thing as a religious child, merely a child of religious parents. How are children supposed to make such a weighty life decision when they’ve only just finished eating worms in the back garden?
Also yesterday in the UK, a nurse was suspended for offering to pray for a patient. Community nurse Caroline Petrie claims that her “faith got stronger” and she realised God was doing amazing things in her life shortly after the death of her mother. Cause and effect in action perhaps?
There seems to be a renewed focus on faith recently somewhat fittingly considering that this is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. No doubt that the Athiest bus campaign has brought debate to the fore too.
Half of British people surveyed recently rejected the theory of Evolution. I just hope that a lot of them watched Sir David Attenborough narrate a fantastic documentary on Charles Darwin which aired on BBC One last night and did so with an open mind instead of the small-mindedness that generates hate mail.
I don’t begrudge people their beliefs but why can’t they leave me in peace? It’s not like I don’t know where to go if I had questions about religion. Edinburgh is full of places of worship. Holy Corner is a prime example.
How about this: don’t come and try and convert me with readings from the Bible and I won’t come and read at you from Origin of Species. Do we have a deal?
1 Annoyingly, it wasn’t until an hour later when I thought about asking them if said “good news” was some kind of retraction.