“Careful with that petard old chap…”
For those of our readers lucky enough to be beyond the reach of the Bolshevik Broadcasting Conspiracy in general and the Today program in particular, Prof Dawkins was on the show to promote the findings of a survey that he had commissioned.
The survey results are claimed to demonstrate that people self-identifying as Christians are not Christians at all.
As the Thirsty Gargoyle points out:
- Prof Dawkins is rather more interested in his own definition of what makes a Christian than what believers themselves define as Christian (as ever, conceptualising us all as sola scriptura serpent wrestlers);
- His survey actually hurts his own arguments by demonstration that there is a widespread belief in God in the population at large, while a measily 6% self-identify as atheists (a number in line with other surveys).
The purpose of the survey was to attempt to preemptively discredit the results of the last UK census, which included a question on religious belief.
No doubt a number of atheists will take comfort from the spin that Prof Dawkins has put on his survey results, but for the rest of us, we can thank Prof Dawkins for providing further proof that atheism is still a minority religion in the UK and we can enjoy the spectacle of the foremost proponent of the atheist faith invoking the name of his creator live on the radio.