It wasn’t sound of thunder, but a belly laugh from above

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On the subject of Professor Richard Dawkins, I suspect everyone from believers to rampant nihilists will have smirked at his discomfort on Radio Four’s Today programme.

He was discussing the recent survey about Christians undertaken by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (what else?) and kept scornfully referring to the fact that two-thirds of respondents did not even know the first book of the New Testament. He dismissed them as ‘tick-box believers.’

Darwin is his hero, of course, and when asked if he could provide the full title of Origin of the Species, Dawkins failed and hissed: ‘Oh God!’

That was not thunder you heard. It was a big belly laugh from above.

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