“Why does everything you know, and everything you’ve learned, confirm you in what you believed before? Whereas in my case, what I grew up with, and what I thought I believed, is chipped away a little and a little, a fragment then a piece and then a piece more. With every month that passes, the corners are knocked off the certainties of this world: and the next world too. Show me where it says, in the Bible, ‘Purgatory.’ Show me where it says ‘relics, monks, nuns.’ Show me where it says ‘Pope.’” –Thomas Cromwell imagines asking Thomas More—Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Dawkins Defends Himself
Dawkins says that the worst criticisms his book received began with the words, "I'm an atheist but..." I'm sure James Wood never read this preface, or saw the documentary. I'm also sure if he does either any time soon he's going to be pretty embarrassed.