- Richard Dawkins
Surprisingly I knew at the end what I knew at the beginning. I don’t believe in God. After reading the book it just made me think more about atheism and my lack of faith. This is something that Dawkins mentions; that atheists don’t speak out enough.
As someone who was raised Church of England a visit to a church was just for special occasions, weddings and christenings. I didn’t attend my first funeral until I was well into my thirties, and even then it was just the casket and the curtains in the chapel in the cemetery. No big deal. We didn’t go to church as a family. The only time I went to church was with school before the Christmas break.
One thing the book covers is that children shouldn’t be labeled; a jewish boy, a catholic boy, a christian boy. They are just boys of jewish, catholic or christian parents. When they’re old enough to understand then they can make up their own minds. Pick what they want to believe, if anything at all. It’s like trying to force them to like a particular type of music, film or literature.
At least the U.K. isn’t as fanatical as America when it comes to religious belief. Reading about The American Taliban is enough to make your blood run cold.
Edgardo Mortara is someone I had never heard of. To think that a 14-year-old girl could baptise a jewish boy, because she fears that he’s going to die and go to hell, he then becomes christian and the catholic church take him away from this jewish family. It’s just the strangest tale of ‘tag you’re it’ that I ever heard.
Something on Penn Radio that has stuck with me was Penn Jillette talking about his first child being conceived via IVF treatment. The fact that couples, who can’t have a child naturally, go through this process and when they find that they’re pregnant thank God for it. The specialists, physicians, doctors, nurses had nothing to do with it! God didn’t even get his usual shout-out at the conception.
It seems that Penn Jillette is writing a book about atheism. It’s strange that I can’t remember him ever mentioning it before? Perhaps he’s a closet atheist.
This is the first book I’ve read using the ReadMore app on my iPod touch. It certainly kept me motivated enough to finish the book.