Marginalia

Odd scraps, bits and pieces, notes from other blogs and other stuff.


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prominent atheists display an almost aggressive lack of curiosity when it comes to the facts about belief. In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins expertly demolishes what he calls ‘the God hypothesis’, but devotes only a few sketchy anecdotes to establishing that this God hypothesis is the one that has defined religious belief through history, or defines it around the world today. AC Grayling insists that atheists are excused the bother of actually reading theology – where they might catch up on debates among believers about what they believe – because atheism “rejects the premise” of theology. And when The Atlantic ran a piece last year entitled Study theology, even if you don’t believe in God, Jerry Coyne, the atheist blogosphere’s Victor Meld The one theology book all atheists really should read | News | theguardian.com
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I originally went to university to study geology but in my first year of university, given the choice of doing some outside courses, I did one in theology. The ability to question and challenge was a huge breath of fresh air after studying all science A-levels. It gave the opportunity to argue and think for myself. Like beekeeping, religious education is best when it’s controversial | Education | Guardian Professional
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‘Wherever Christ went’, said a bishop once, ‘they threw rocks. Wherever I go, they serve tea’.

Wherever Christ preached, the eyes of murderers, harlots, and con men streamed with tears. ‘Wherever I preach’, says a vicar, ‘bankers and stock brokers yawn’.

‘Ha!’ says an Orthodox priest. ‘I’ve solved that problem. I don’t preach!’
- from a sermon Fr. Alexander Tefft

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