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Richard Dawkins admits he is a 'cultural Anglican'

Posted on: September 12, 2013 4:32 PM
Leading atheist and author Richard Dawkins has confessed his fondness for Anglicanism
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From the Daily Telegraph website

Atheist Richard Dawkins has admitted he is a “cultural Anglican” and believes it is important to educate people in the Bible so they understand history.

The evolutionary biologist was speaking before the launch of his new book which explains his passion for education and how he fears the profession has become dominated by a ‘box ticking mentality.’

Prof Dawkins admitted he would consider going into a church, and would miss ‘aesthetic elements’ such as church bells if they were gone. And he said he was “grateful” to Anglicanism which he claims has a “benign tolerance” - enabling people to enjoy its traditions without necessarily believing in them.

He told the Spectator: “I sort of suspect that many who profess Anglicanism probably don’t believe any of it at all in any case but vaguely enjoy, as I do… I suppose I’m a cultural Anglican and I see evensong in a country church through much the same eyes as I see a village cricket match on the village green.
“I have a certain love for it.”

The best selling author, widely known for his atheist views and his 2006 book, The God Delusion, also said he is “thoroughly in favour of educating people” about the Bible.

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