• Interpretation, Preaching and the Olympic Logo image
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    A couple of days ago the Iranian Olympic Committee lodged a protest claiming that the 2012 London Olympic Games logo conceals the word ‘Zion’ and is therefore racist and discriminatory against Arabic nations. Duh? Well ok, if you rearrange the symbols and screw up your face and hang upside-down... Read more
  • The Necessity of Atheism? image
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    On Monday 25th of March 1811 the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford. His story interests me because we’re related, but more because he was expelled for his distribution of his pamphlet ‘The Necessity of Atheism’. Two hundred years later our most famous Atheists are retired... Read more
  • Growing Out of the New Atheism image
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    One of the more remarkable things about the ‘new atheism’ – the fundamentalist, aggressive variety that has sprung up in the last five years, spearheaded by the self-styled ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse’ (Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett and Harris) – is that most people seem to grow out... Read more